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Theresa May to focus on defence and trade during Japan visit

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Theresa May will visit Tokyo at the end of the month in a bid to boost trade and security links between the UK and Japan. 

The Prime Minister will meet the country’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, as well as Emperor Akihito.

No 10 said the “key themes” of the three-day trip would be “defence and security cooperation, and trade and investment opportunities”.

“Her visit is expected to cover a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, including working together to support the rules-based international system and the promotion of free trade and democratic values,” a Downing Street spokesperson added.

Accompanying the Prime Minister will be a delegation of industry leaders designed to “showcase the strength of British business, the shared confidence in the UK-Japan economic relationship as we leave the EU, and the potential for future growth”, No 10 said.

It will be Mrs May’s first visit to the country, though she has met Mr Abe three times before – at the recent G20 summit in Hamburg, at Chequers earlier this year, and at the UN General Assembly in New York in 2016. 

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