Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Monday to step up Japan’s contribution to the U.N. Security Council, as the country aspires to become a permanent member of the United Nations’ top decision-making body.
“Japan needs to make a high-level contribution to the Security Council to show that it is suitable as a permanent member,” Kishida said as he launched the “Strategic Headquarters regarding UNSC” at the Foreign Ministry.
Kishida said the headquarters will discuss Japan’s contribution during its two-year term from January as a nonpermanent member of the Security Council and ways to achieve the country’s “long-cherished goal” of becoming a permanent member of the body.
The foreign minister said North Korea’s fourth nuclear test earlier this month proved that discussions at the Security Council “directly relate to Japan’s national interests and are very important.”
“Japan will make firm efforts to adopt a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea,” Kishida said.
The meeting was attended by Seiji Kihara, senior vice foreign minister, Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and other ministry officials.
Japan, along with Brazil, Germany and India,—known as the Group of Four—are calling for expanding the number of both permanent and nonpermanent members of the 15-member council so it can better represent the realities and needs of the international community in the 21st century.
The debate has seen little progress as there is no consensus so far on how to restructure the body.
At present, the Security Council has five veto-wielding permanent members—Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.