Japan’s minister qualifies the unrest in the US Capitol.

© Reuters. Japan’s minister in charge of administrative reform and regulatory reform, Taro Kono, attends a press conference in Tokyo

By David Dolan and Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) – A prominent Japanese cabinet minister said Thursday he was dismayed by last week’s assault on the US Capitol, and urged Washington to resume its global role as “champion. of democratic values ​​”. and the rule of law. At the Reuters Next conference, Taro Kono, Japan’s minister of administrative and regulatory reform, also said he hoped the United States would return to international agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, both from President Donald Trump. stepped out. “I have to say, it was quite shocking when I saw the mob enter the Capitol building,” said the former foreign minister and defense minister, who was educated in Washington and worked on Capitol Hill. As Defense Minister until September, Kono said he had shared concerns with his counterparts around the world about the international order in the post-COVID-19 era. “Perhaps the world will be divided into democracy versus authoritarian rule, free society versus Orwellian society,” said Kono, known for his outspoken views and ambition to be prime minister, without specifically referring to Trump. “We need the United States to continue to take the leadership of democratic countries … (to) be the champion of democratic values, the rule of law,” he said, adding that he was counting on the American people “to be right.” “American Politics.” We will need the United States, perhaps not as a global policeman, but still as a leader of democratic values. “In a comprehensive 30-minute interview in English covering topics such as the Olympics, deregulation and corporate governance Kono fondly remembered his days in Washington, when Democratic and Republican lawmakers were friends outside the legislative halls. “They may have different opinions, but once they moved out of the apartment, they went out drinking, dining, or duck hunting, and they had a very good friendship, “Kono said.” We really hope that Washington returns to the good times. “For more information on the Reuters Next conference, click here or www.reuters.com/business/reuters-next

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