NEW YORK (Kyodo) Yukio Takasu, Japan’s ambassador to the United Nations, said Friday he hopes 2009 will become a significant year where headway can be made in reforming the Security Council.

“My energy and time will be equally divided to the day-to-day operations in the Security Council and reform of the Security Council,” Takasu told reporters at his first U.N. press conference nine days into the start of Japan’s new two-year term as a nonpermanent member of the powerful council.

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