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Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died earlier this month, was remembered by former Japanese diplomats and U.N. experts as a strong supporter of Security Council reform plans that could have given Japan a permanent seat.

The Ghanaian-born Annan, who served as secretary-general between 1997 and 2006, also gave encouragement to Japan’s regional diplomatic efforts in Africa and to human security efforts in other parts of the world.

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