UNESCO chief wants bigger Japan presence

Kyodo News

UNESCO Ex-Director General Koichiro Matsuura is calling for greater Japanese representation in the United Nations and other international bodies to demonstrate the nation’s commitment as a global player.

Matsuura, who served two terms as head of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization from 1999 to 2009, said in Tokyo, “To be Japanese gave me more advantages than disadvantages in most countries.

“Very, very few Japanese are working there (at U.N. headquarters in New York),” he said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

Matsuura made the remarks at an event titled: “Press Freedom: On the Frontlines and Online,” which was jointly sponsored by the FCCJ and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.