Japan is one of the top candidates for a permanent seat on an expanded council, along with Germany, India, Brazil and an undetermined African nation. >>>>>
While the UN is considered worthless by many nations that benefits and is served by the UN’s very existence; its objectives seem to build deeper nationalism. The inclusion of more permanent members does not seem to be a productive solution, as it promotes deeper nationalism, and worse yet, it causes for less progress by the power to veto by yet more participants. A better solution may be found in the removal of the permanent member powers and privileges. If the UN is designed to be a global democracy of nations, then let each vote per sovereign nation count equally along with the others.