6 to 8, Shigeru Kitamura, who heads the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office
, met with North Korean officials including a senior figure from the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, sources said Thursday.
It will include staff from the foreign and defense ministries, the National Police Agency and the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office
, Japan's current equivalent of the CIA in the U.S.
The Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office
notified the prime minister's office on Monday that North Korea was set to make a ''special'' broadcast, the first since the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994 and suggesting the country was about to announce the death of leader Kim Jong Il, a source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.
Of the 1,461,650,000 yen in secret funds, 231,440,000 yen is allocated to the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office
, an intelligence agency under the prime minister that collects and analyzes intelligence.
Their work will be followed by a joint meeting of director-level officials from the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office
and four key government organizations -- the National Police Agency, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Public Security Intelligence Agency.