Japan pushes for permanent membership on the UN Security Council


Blackstone

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Shinzo Abe will push for Japan's candidacy as permanent member of UN Security Council when he speaks at the UN this week. It's not clear what strategy he'll use to convince China not to veto Japan's membership. As things stand in the Ukraine affair, it's possible Russia might vote against Japan too. Abe might be better off waiting a few more years before tilting windmills.

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will this week front the global stage at the United Nations General Assembly’s annual meeting and push further for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

This would give Japan veto power, a privilege China in particular is unwilling to accept.

"The UN Charter says the five permanent members including China have to consent to the reform of the Security Council,” said Masashi Nishihara, president of the Research Institute for Peace and Security. “Also, two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly would have to give their support so these two are big hurdles."

Mr Abe aims to reconfirm his commitment with India, Brazil, and Germany - countries that are also keen on winning a permanent seat - and is also expected to hold group summit meetings with Pacific Island and African leaders to try to win their support.

"They are many things that the UN has to tackle, many issues that world leaders have to tackle today. So I don't know whether they have sufficiently filled their time to discuss the problems of the Security Council," said Mr Nishihara.

High on the agenda of the General Assembly is how to bring the international community together to deal with the Islamic State (IS) and the Ebola epidemic outbreak.

Mr Abe wants to contribute to both but is expected to be restricted to assistance in the form of financial aid. There are still military restrictions on what he can do to assist the US and other countries in Syria and Iraq as Japan is bound by a pacifist constitution. He has approved its reinterpretation in order to contribute more to global security challenges but has yet to legislate bills.

The UN's Climate Change Summit will present another opportunity for Mr Abe to underscore Japan's commitment to being a global citizen.

As a victim of massive earthquake, tsunamis and typhoons, the country is keen to assist developing nations on disaster mitigation. Mr Abe will co-chair a disaster risk reduction summit and pledge financial aid to fighting climate change.
 

shen

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Shinzo Abe will push for Japan's candidacy as permanent member of UN Security Council when he speaks at the UN this week. It's not clear what strategy he'll use to convince China not to veto Japan's membership. As things stand in the Ukraine affair, it's possible Russia might vote against Japan too. Abe might be better off waiting a few more years before tilting windmills.

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China said recently that it is not against more developing countries joining the SC. ie, India, Brazil and South Africa.
 

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Shinzo Abe will push for Japan's candidacy as permanent member of UN Security Council when he speaks at the UN this week. It's not clear what strategy he'll use to convince China not to veto Japan's membership. As things stand in the Ukraine affair, it's possible Russia might vote against Japan too. Abe might be better off waiting a few more years before tilting windmills.

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As long as China has veto, Japan will never be a permanent member of the UNSC.


China said recently that it is not against more developing countries joining the SC. ie, India, Brazil and South Africa.
But not Japan. ;)

Besides, I'm sure none of the Big Five would be willing to share their veto powers with more nations.
 

Verum

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China and Russia will never allow Japan to join. Both countries will veto because of historical and current geographical interests.
 

Blackstone

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China and Russia will never allow Japan to join. Both countries will veto because of historical and current geographical interests.
I hate to say it, but Japan has more rights to a permanent seat on the UN Security Council than either UK or France. In a just world, Japan would already be on it. You could say the same for Germany and India. Maybe they should consolidate UK and French seats into one, and add Germany and India as new members. The UN could negotiate Japan's status after that.
 

delft

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I hate to say it, but Japan has more rights to a permanent seat on the UN Security Council than either UK or France. In a just world, Japan would already be on it. You could say the same for Germany and India. Maybe they should consolidate UK and French seats into one, and add Germany and India as new members. The UN could negotiate Japan's status after that.
I would like to see you try to get France and UK share a SC seat. I'd think that would really end in UK leaving EU.
The solution from far away would seem to be a single EU seat but for that you need a common European foreign policy which it is impossible to achieve unless the US stop meddling and then take another thirty or so years.
 

solarz

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I would like to see you try to get France and UK share a SC seat. I'd think that would really end in UK leaving EU.
The solution from far away would seem to be a single EU seat but for that you need a common European foreign policy which it is impossible to achieve unless the US stop meddling and then take another thirty or so years.
Some people like their fantasies. Nevermind the reality that UNSC Permanent Seats were created for the victors of WW2.

The EU would be lucky to still be around in 30 years, nevermind sharing a single seat on the UNSC.
 

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