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After a day of chaos and violence in Washington, Japan has joined other countries in voicing concern over the breach of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of departing (they hope) U.S. President Donald Trump.

In language usually reserved for more restive parts of the world, Japan’s top government spokesman on Thursday said, “We are hoping for a peaceful transfer of power” to President-elect Joe Biden.

The JT Editorial Board writes: “The United States will survive this moment, but it will be wounded. We must recognize that even America, a bastion of democracy, can be undermined, and seduced by an autocrat.”

Watch a timeline of the U.S. Capitol siege that rocked America | CNBC TELEVISION
Watch a timeline of the U.S. Capitol siege that rocked America | CNBC TELEVISION

It couldn’t happen here, could it? While the outlandish theories that helped fuel the mob that invaded the Capitol might seem to be a U.S.-centric phenomenon, the QAnon conspiracy has gained some adherents in Japan, as demonstrated in late November when hundreds of people rallied in Tokyo to protest what they claim was a fraudulent U.S. election.

Intriguingly, some demonstrators spoke Chinese, Kyodo reports, saying, “Trump is the only person who can resist (Chinese) President Xi Jinping.”

The Trump supporters continued organizing events during the holiday season, with a group that calls itself “people who love President Trump” staging a rally outside the Prime Minister’s Office on Christmas Eve.

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