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Authoritarian regimes prevailing over democracies across the world

Strongmen leaders take over as people fail to realize dream of becoming affluent

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Oval Office at the White House on May 13, 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Democracy is languishing.

The U.S., which won the Cold War with the former Soviet Union about 30 years ago, is putting itself first and has stepped down as the champion of global freedom and democracy.

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