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Japan has briefed Brazil, Germany and India — its partners in the “Group of Four” effort to get permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council — on its latest idea for expanding the council, according to diplomatic sources.

The basic idea would be to enlarge the council membership from the current 15 to 21, the sources said. In their failed bid last year, the four countries sought to become permanent members by submitting a joint resolution to expand the membership to 25.

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