Japan only country with new leader speaking to UN each year


UN General Assembly

TOKYO (majirox news) — Of the roughly 40 national leaders to have addressed the United Nations General Assembly yearly over the past three years, Japan is the only one to have a different person speak each time, UN records show.

And Japan is poised to extend its record if new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is to be sworn in on Sept. 2, speaks at the General Assembly meeting in New York later this month.

Upon giving a speech, Noda would become the fourth Japanese prime minister in four years to address the General Assembly, following former premiers Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama and Taro Aso, who have each had their turn speaking over the past three years.

There are currently 193 member nations in the UN and the leaders of nearly all of these speak during the General Assembly’s annual autumn meeting.

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