Japan’s quest for permanent Security Council membership over four decades reveals an interactive network of motivations, achievements and opportunities, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the central role of promoter. The desire of recognition for the achievements of its multilateral diplomacy in the wake of having become the world’s second largest economic power has further fuelled this ambition. While Japan’s bid has thus widely won support from many UN member states, the intrinsic problems of Security Council reform have so far prevented any breakthrough.
KeywordsMember State Security Council Foreign Affair Permanent Member Multilateral Diplomacy
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