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Japan Says It Deserves Bigger Say in U.N. Affairs

Japan, the second largest financial contributor to the United Nations, Sunday demanded reforms that would give it a bigger say in the world body. “There are new threats, but the United Nations as an organization remains as it was when it was first established,” Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi told reporters after meeting visiting U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Kawaguchi used even stronger words during the meeting, telling Annan Japan believed in “no taxation without representation,” a government official told reporters later. Japan has long sought a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, whose five members with veto power — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China — have held their seats since the end of World War II. Full Story

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