S. Korea to block Japanese Security Council bid

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S. Korea to block Japanese Security Council bid (Sat 2 Apr, 2005)


CHAT: Talk in pairs or groups about South Korea / United Nations Security Council / Japan / neighboring countries / WWII disputes / forgetting the past / moving on / … Change topic / partner frequently to increase conversation.

JAPAN BRAINSTORM: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with Japan. Share your words with your partner / group and talk about them.

UNSC MEMBERSHIP: Should Japan, along with Germany, Brazil and India, become get permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council? In pairs / groups, write down the pros and cons of these four countries joining the UNSC. Discuss what you have written. Which country has the greatest chance of membership? Which country should receive a seat?

JAPAN MEMBERSHIP OPINIONS: Read the following statements about Japanese aspirations to be a permanent member of the UNSC and express your opinion.

  1. Japan provides 20 per cent of the United Nations budget; more than the combined contributions of China (1%), Russia (1.1%) and France (6.5%).

  2. “Japan is a dangerous warlike state which is seeking overseas aggression going against the trend of peace.” – North Korean Government

  3. WWII finished 60 years ago. Why does South Korea still bring it up today?

  4. America, Japan’s greatest foe in WWII, supports Japanese (and German) membership.

  5. Japan needs to apologize for the atrocities it committed during WWII and pay compensation to its neighbours.

  6. If South Korea is worried about Japan, what does it think of China’s past aggression? Doesn’t it remember the Korean War?

  7. Japan is committed to promoting international disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation. It has three non-nuclear principles of not possessing, not producing and not permitting the introduction of nuclear weapons into its territory.

  8. Japan really does need the support and trust of its neighbours to get a permanent seat.

  9. Japan has a pacifist constitution. Entry to the UNSC would mean having to abandon this by fighting UN-backed wars.

  10. Japan is an economically, politically and culturally important country. Its people are amongst the most peaceful in the world. Of course it should be a permanent member.

  11. Why should Japan get permanent membership and not South Korea?

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