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

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It also contains Aichi’s demand for a deletion of the enemy clauses, an issue which was also taken up by The Security Council Issue, 1956–89 37 Colombia, Italy, Uganda and the US in their contributions to the report. The enlargement of the Security Council was supported by Canada, Italy, Nigeria and the US. This Japanese opinion in the 1972 report became in the following years the standard reference text on which the statements by Japan’s diplomats at the UN on UN Charter reform were based. 130 The remit of four points for the committee did not, however, include a specific reference to the reform of the Security Council in view of the strong opposition to a review by the Eastern bloc.

56 He also served as delegate to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (later called Conference on Disarmament) in Geneva of which Japan became a member in 1969. Previously he was political officer at the UN Mission in New York, working for Tsuruoka. He had also been posted to the Japanese embassy in London. His father, Amou Eiji (1887–1968), had been a diplomat before and after the Second World War, serving in 1937 as ambassador in Berne with additional responsibility for matters of the League of Nations.

105 Some diplomats hoped for Third World support for Japan’s permanent Security Council seat if the veto were abolished and member states were compensated with increased voting strength in the General Assembly. 107 Another issue was the size of a reformed Security Council and the kind of new membership. 109 By 1969, the government had obviously decided that an opportune time had also come to ask publicly for the deletion of the enemy clauses. 111 The demand for the removal of the enemy clauses became thereafter one of the central points of Japan’s call for a review of the Charter.

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