Japan remains committed to UK after Brexit, Abe tells May

But Japanese PM and head of carmaker Aston Martin warn ‘transparency and predictability’ needed during exit process

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has promised Theresa May his country will remain committed to the UK after Brexit, but said businesses need “transparency and predictability” during the process of leaving the EU.

A similar warning was delivered to May by the head of the British carmaker Aston Martin, who was also attending the Tokyo trade event at which Abe spoke, as part of a UK business delegation travelling with the prime minister.

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