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Japan and the United Nations

Japan joined the United Nations in 1956 and actively participates in the United Nations social and economic activities. Japan attained the status of an economic superpower in the 1970's and has since then played an increasingly large role in the United Nations. Japan is the second largest provider of assessed financial contributions to the United Nations peacekeeping operations, contributing 12.530 percent of the UN budget. Japan and has assisted with peacekeeping missions to Afghanistan, Namibia, Iraq and Iran.

The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations was established in 1956 and has assisted the country in achieving its foreign policy goals by representing the Government of Japan. The Permanent Mission is comprised of five sections which include:

In addition to being a Member of the United Nations, Japan is also a member of the Asian Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.