International Humanity

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Japan seeking Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council

Posted by alexfrancis on February 20, 2007


Japan has tried in the past, and is making an effort once again, to gain support for its ambition of becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

In 2005, Japan had collaborated with Brazil, Germany, and India, known collectively as the G-4, and had requested that the number of seats on the UNSC be increased from 15 to 25. However, this proposal lacked sufficient support and was vetoed by China and the United States.

 Japan, India, Germany, and Brazil are all striving to become permanent members of the U.N. security council, yet have yet been able to realize that goal.

photo: The United Nations Security Council meeting is pictured in this general view at the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) source:

Japan’s approach towards the UNSC up until now has been to collaborate with the other three countries of the G-4, however, because of continual lack of support, Japan has recently began to change the means by which it is attempting to realize its goal of gaining a permanent seat on the UNSC. Japan has shifted to a policy of diplomacy solely with the United States, hoping to gain support particularly from the United States.

This aspiration of Japan reflects its underlying value of sovereign power. However, in order to effectually gain the support of other countries currently seated in the UNSC, Japan will need sufficient soft power, a good image and reputation that will allow a favorable perception of its motivations.

Note: For more information about the UNSC, visit this News Article by the Epoch Times International, I find this article to be informative and concise in its description of the UNSC; therefore, I will add this news source to my blog roll and will be looking for other articles from this website from which to blog about.

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