Japan’s Multilateral Record and the Rationale for the Bid

  • Reinhard Drifte
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This chapter addresses the qualification and rationale of Japan’s candidature for permanent Security Council membership.2 The most important element in evaluating Japan’s qualification is its record of multilateral diplomacy. The first part of the chapter briefly reviews the foundations, resources and developments of this diplomacy at the beginning of the 1990s. It shows how, under US hegemony, Japan, like Germany, could rise to ‘civilian powerhood’ with a strong focus on economic goals and using economic instruments, notably development aid, to achieve national interests. Since the stance on PKO is particularly relevant for the international and domestic discussion of the bid, considerable space is devoted to the legal and political links between fully-fledged PKO contributions (that is, not only logistic but also infantry roles and the defence of oneself and of other units) and the legitimacy of Japan’s bid.


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