To Congress, Japanese PM Kishida urges US to stay engaged in world affairs

By Thomson Reuters Apr 11, 2024 | 10:28 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States must continue to play a leading role in international affairs, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.

In the first speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress by a Japanese leader in nine years, Kishida urged Americans not to doubt the importance of their country’s “pivotal” role in world affairs.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, David Brunnstrom and Ismail Shakil;Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)