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Japan’s Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat

A Matter of Pride or Justice?


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Reinhard Drifte
    Pages 1-9
  3. Reinhard Drifte
    Pages 187-197
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 198-269

About this book


Japan has consistently been pursuing the goal of a permanent UN Security Council seat for 30 years. The book investigates the motives for this ambition, and how it has been pursued domestically and internationally. It is therefore a study of the inner workings of the Japanese Foreign Ministry as well as of the country's underdeveloped multinational diplomacy.


diplomacy participation reform

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Newcastle upon TyneUK

About the authors

REINHARD DRIFTE is Professor and Chair of Japanese Studies, Department of Politics, University of Newcastle and was Director of the Newcastle East Asia Centre from 1989-96.

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'...the first published English-language account that systematically and thoroughly examines both the historical background and contemporary details of efforts by Japan to raise its profile and influence within the UN...valuable work.' - The Japan Society

' extremely informative study.' - Christopher P. Hood, International Affairs