Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (left) and his host Göran Persson

Japan & Sweden Agree On UN Reform

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, as he concluded his visit to Sweden yesterday, said he and Sweden’s Göran Persson had agreed on the need for reforms of the United Nations. But Persson stopped short of saying Japan should have a permanent seat on the Security Council.

The Japanese Prime Minister also said his country has much to learn from Sweden’s policy on welfare and ageing populations. Earlier in the day he visited a Swedish kindergarten to get a firsthand look at the country’s child care system.

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