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Abe to Kick Off Tour of Britain, Netherlands Wed.

Abe to Kick Off Tour of Britain, Netherlands Wed.

   Tokyo, Jan. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Netherlands and Britain from Wednesday, fully kicking off his diplomatic events for this year.
   Abe is set to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and ask her anew to make sure that Japanese companies operating in Britain will not be affected by the nation's exit from the European Union, informed sources said.
   Abe and May are likely to discuss economic alliances, according to the sources. Britain has shown interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact among Japan and 10 other countries.
   At a New Year press conference on Friday, Abe said, "Japan is determined to lead the efforts to formulate fair rules for a new era, raising the banner of free trade," at a time when concerns over protectionist moves are increasing in the world.
   Britain and the Netherlands are slated to take part in the summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies, to be held in Osaka, western Japan, in June. Britain is a G-20 member. The Netherlands is not a member of the forum, but has been invited to the June summit along with seven other nonmember countries.

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