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In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Japan has been forced to review its diplomatic strategy for gaining a long-coveted permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The first obvious result of this review has been Japan’s decision to back down from an initial plan to seek a two-year nonpermanent membership of the powerful council in an election this autumn. Tokyo has considered temporary membership to be an important steppingstone toward a permanent role.

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