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Japan's Hayashi says top-to-bottom U.N. reform 'urgent'

Foreign minister pondering 'next steps' to become prime minister

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on June 2.   © AP

TOKYO -- Reform of the United Nations Security Council is an "urgent task," Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters Friday.

Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in central Tokyo, Hayashi said Tokyo will make use of its seat at the body as a nonpermanent member this year, as well as its Group of Seven presidency, to lead the discussion.

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