All national papers reported on the opening on Thursday of the Summit for Democracy that President Biden is hosting virtually, highlighting his remarks expressing his resolve to defend democracy from the challenges posed by autocratic regimes. “In the face of sustained and alarming challenges to democracy and universal human rights around the world, democracy needs champions,” the President was quoted as saying. “I wanted to host this summit because renewing our democracy and strengthening our democratic institutions requires constant effort.” Prime Minister Kishida reportedly participated and pledged some $14 million in aid for international institutions committed to protecting workers’ rights. The Japanese leader underscored the importance of unity among democratic nations to counter actions that undermine such basic values as liberty, democracy, the rule of law. He also vowed that Japan will continue to help promote democracy in Asia.