Yukio Edano, leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, held talks in Washington on Thursday with Bernie Sanders, a left-leaning senator who won strong support from America’s youth and progressives in the Democratic primary race for the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Edano said Japan’s main opposition party aims to strengthen democracy through grassroots efforts, suggesting the party would like to emulate Sanders in marshalling youth support for political change.
(Yukio Edano (R))
Edano quoted Sanders as telling him that democracy has fallen into crisis globally, an apparent criticism of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.
The senator of Vermont vied for the 2016 Democratic nomination that ultimately went to Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state whom Trump beat in the presidential election.
Later Thursday, Edano, who is on a five-day visit to the U.S. capital through Saturday, delivered a speech at George Washington University.
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