Prime Minister Naoto Kan is in New York at the United Nations, lobbying for U.N. Security Council reform.

Does that reform include making Japan a permanent member of the council? Why yes, yes it does!

In his speech to the general debate session of the U.N. General Assembly, Kan expressed Japan’s resolve to play a more responsible role for the peace and security of the international community.

The premier said reform of the most powerful decision-making body at the United Nations is “indispensable” so that it can reflect the realities of today’s international community and remain effective and legitimate. (Link)

I’m not sure even the United States would back Japan’s attempt after this last episode. What’s the point of giving Japan a seat if China can intimidate it into doing what it wants?

Japan is about to find that its handling of the ship captain incident is going to have far-reaching ramifications.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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