Japan’s Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat: A by Reinhard Drifte (auth.)

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3. Britain and France are against it. 4. The balance between East and West would be destroyed. But even domestically, the bid did not arouse enthusiasm. 117 The media reaction was rather critical and there was no outright support for the bid for a permanent Security Council seat. 118 This failure to impress the world community with concrete plans for peace, which could be considered equal to shedding 34 Japan’s Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat the blood of one’s own people (if this is possible at all) was to haunt Japan’s bid for a permanent Security Council seat for the future.

Since the issue was addressed only in an indirect way until the 1990s, it is difficult to say when exactly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established a policy to pursue a permanent Security Council seat at least as a long-term goal. The available evidence suggests, however, that, right from the start of Japan’s UN membership, a policy was laid down to pursue a UN policy which would reinforce Charter revisionist tendencies among the UN membership, promote in various ways Japan as a major UN member and strengthen the UN’s functions for keeping world peace.

The UN Bureau Director General who followed Shigemitsu Akira in 1970 was Nishibori Masahiro ( January 1970 –January 1972) who was not as enthusiastic or at least as supportive of the bid for a permanent 36 Japan’s Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat Security Council seat. 125 Riding on the new wave of a Charter revisionist mood in the UN after 1969, Japan worked hard in the UN to galvanize efforts towards some kind of institutionalization of Charter review (for general background, see Chapter 4).

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