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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida should be given a share of the credit for U.S. congressional passage of a long-overdue national security supplemental that includes aid for Ukraine, a senior diplomat said Wednesday.

Indeed, when they voted for Ukrainian support in Congress, a few lawmakers actually quoted Kishida's speech, which reminded them of what the USA has stood for in the international sphere: freedom and democracy.

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I wonder who wrote his speech because I am pretty sure he didn't.

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"at least a degree of credit"

Everyone gets a pat on the back. Expend them to the last Ukrainian. Bravo!

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Kishida more popular in the US than he is in Japan...

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Hats off to Kishida and his efforts to maintain - and increase - the international help for sovereign Ukraine. Japan recognises that Ukraine is a victim of brutal fascist Russian invasion and expansionism, the likes of which have not been seen since Nazi Germany.

Kishida has shown that through diplomacy, Japan can make a difference in promoting democracy, freedom and peace.

"Freedom is the oxygen of humanity". - Fumio Kishida.

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I would say blame, not credit.

It‘s only perpetuating that lost cause of a war, when we should be trying to push Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table.

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I would say blame, not credit.

It‘s only perpetuating that lost cause of a war, when we should be trying to push Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table.

When fascist Russia unconditionally withdraws from sovereign Ukraine, then - and only then - will the Ukrainians agree to negotiate. This is their sovereign land.

What part of this do you not understand?

The war is a lost cause for fascist Russia - just as Afghanistan was for the cowards.

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This man a joke,lots of American politicians function on a level devoid of critical thought and intelligent,same politicans that voted for this ,lots of them will be out of office

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Sometimes it is a good thing for Americans to see their country though foreign eyes to see what really matters. We make fun of Fumio Kishida here ( I don't but many here do ) but his speech was a great service to the US and its leaders by pointing out that American leadership is still seen as essential by the majority of free nations.

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One of the worst leaders in the last 3 decades. Thanks for contributing to wasting my tax dollars you muppet

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There only two paths to Freedom and prosperity, and keep choosing the one thru the barrel of a GUN.

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Looking at the photo and I see all familiar faces clinching on to power, the reason why nothing gets done or change.

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Now he will be on Russian travel ban. LOL

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DT,when had American politicians led American,to any significant level ,but a bunch of divisive policies, alienating American against each others

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DT,are you that naive,if he so good,get civil rights, women rights ,and gay right pass,then come back and tell me how good,do not be so naive,

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@Desert Tortoise Here's another viewpoint. Japan has benefited greatly being a member of the post-war industrial country club (as ironic as that fact is) so of course they want to preserve that privileged status.

Many point out that the world has fundamentally changed and international institutions need to better reflect that change.

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Kishida turned out to be the biggest Japanese puppet US ever had. What an imbecile. What an embarrassment for Japan and Japanese people to the carpet of US like that.

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It‘s only perpetuating that lost cause of a war, when we should be trying to push Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table.

If it’s a lost cause then Putin has no reason to sit at any table except the one where Ukraine will surrender.

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Kishida turned out to be the biggest Japanese puppet US ever had. What an imbecile. What an embarrassment for Japan and Japanese people to the carpet of US like that.

I agree, and it's even more shocking considering his family comes from Hiroshima.

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right......

then maybe next he can FINALLY get credit for doing something positive in Japan?

slow down..........don't get your hopes up.

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It‘s only perpetuating that lost cause of a war, when we should be trying to push Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table.

@Quo Primum I think its time to stop pretending like its possible to negotiate with a country that "executes" political opponents

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Such a diverse crowd.... NOT

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If true, it’s pretty impressive.

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Trying wring more mileage out of this willing proxy. . .

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No he doesn't - the last thing Americans need to do is pay for more weapons, more this and more that to the current Ukrainian Govt which has kleptocrats as members including the arrogant leader who demands more and more foreign aid for the money pit. And whose parents managed to own an 8 million dollar home in Israel since the war started, probably from the flood of 'foreign aid'.

The same government that accused a member of being a Russian spy and shot him shortly after with no due process - absolutely disgusting that the American public's taxes are going to this kind of despotism. The same government that ignores the extremist fascist leaning militias that have bombed residents of Russian speaking cities in their own apartment buildings in the disputed territories of the Ukraine - babies, children, teens and adults.

The west is being played, this Ukraine Govt has more in common with the Russian one than any democracy and the Japanese Govt needs to stop involving itself in this heist.

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Mike Johnson is and squirmy slime,who purport to be moral,but support the slimy person like Trump, anything pass by this house, should be taken with grain of sand

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One of the most important and urgent tasks in world politics today is to support Ukraine. In this endeavor, unlikely heroes have emerged: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Speaker Mike Johnson.

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IMO, PM Kishida's performance in foreign affairs has been beneficial and impressive.

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This latest American aid package to Ukraine amounts to about 1/4th of 1 percent of US GDP.

When Democrats passed Lend Lease in 1941, aiding Britain, the USSR, and China, despite overwhelming Republican opposition, that aid package amounted to about 10% of US GDP.

The point is that the US can easily afford this latest aid package. One could argue that we cannot afford not to aid Ukraine.

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Well said 1glenn. The lessons of 1938 apply today. Like Chamberlain turning his back on Czechoslovakia while claiming wrongly "peace in our time", if the US and its allies turn their backs on Ukraine and let Russia defeat her then WWIII is guaranteed. If Russia succeeds in conquering Ukraine they are not going to stop there. Those who say otherwise are ignorant of history and supremely naive.

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, if the US and its allies turn their backs on Ukraine and let Russia defeat her then WWIII is guaranteed. 

Not only total hogwash but backwards since it is nato has been advancing towards Russia for the last 25 years.

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Not only total hogwash but backwards since it is nato has been advancing towards Russia for the last 25 years.

lol Now this is complete and total nonsense. NATO didn't put a gun to Russia's head and force them to repeatedly invade or threaten to invade their neighbors. Russia has no free, weaker neighbors except for those in NATO. If Russia didn't repeatedly invade their neighbors, then they wouldn't want to join NATO.

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Not only total hogwash but backwards since it is nato has been advancing towards Russia for the last 25 years.

Ask why former Soviet satellite states couldn't wait to join NATO after the fall of the USSR? They suffered grievously under Soviet rule, especially Hungary, Poland and the former Czechoslovakia all of which saw their freedom movements crushed by Soviet troops. Once free from the Russian yoke they wanted to join NATO to protect their newly won freedom because all of them know full well that the bear would revive, become hungry and go hunting for territory. Events in Ukraine prove their point and more than validate their choices to join NATO.

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The world needs the United States to continue playing this pivotal role in the affairs of nations," Kishida said.

Ridiculous Kishida announcing what the world needs..pffht.. and with Biden as president tboot.

The divided States of America is a shambles and in no way shape or form qualified to be world leader.

Not in my opinion

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Mr GoodmanToday 06:58 am JST

The world needs the United States to continue playing this pivotal role in the affairs of nations," Kishida said.

Ridiculous Kishida announcing what the world needs..pffht.. and with Biden as president tboot.

The divided States of America is a shambles and in no way shape or form qualified to be world leader.

Not in my opinion

There is no replacement that isn't worse. Buckle up for another American century!!!

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WoodyLeeApr. 25 09:06 am JST

Looking at the photo and I see all familiar faces clinching on to power, the reason why nothing gets done or change.

Have younger people demonstrated the knowledge needed to run the most powerful country in the world?

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If it was not for Mike Johnson, love him or hate him, this bill woud never have brought to the floor of the house and passed. That is the real fact.

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Have younger people demonstrated the knowledge needed to run the most powerful country in the world?

Perhaps but only if they are well read in history and fully understand the reasons for both world wars, and how the terms of surrender, and economic policies of the interwar period along with US tendencies towards isolationism made the Second World War almost inevitable. There seem to be to many younger legislators in the US and among its allies who either forgot or never learned those lessons and are gleefully making the very same mistakes that led to WWII.

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