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May heads to Japan aiming to allay Brexit fears and lay basis for trade deal

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Theresa May is beginning an official visit to Japan as she seeks to drum up trade and allay Brexit concerns.
Japan, which is negotiating a trade deal of its own with the EU, has been forthright in expressing concerns about Brexit’s impact on its UK-based firms, which employ about 140,000 people.
The UK cannot negotiate bilateral trade deals until it leaves the EU in 2019.
Japan is currently preoccupied with tackling the fallout from North Korea’s missile test over Hokkaido island.
The British prime minister, who landed in Kyoto shortly before 14:00 local time, has condemned North Korea’s actions as “reckless provocation”.
Speaking before her journey to Japan, she said: “These are illegal tests, we strongly condemn them and we will be working with Japan and other international partners to ensure that pressure is put on North Korea to stop this illegal action.”

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