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TOKYO (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived Wednesday in Japan for a three-day visit that is expected to focus on Brexit, trade and security.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted on her arrival at Itami airport, Osaka, for a three-day visit to Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. May landed Wednesday in western Japan and headed to the ancient capital of Kyoto, where she was to attend a traditional tea ceremony and have dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Kyodo News via AP)

May started her visit in Kyoto, the ancient Japanese capital, where she was to attend a traditional tea ceremony and have dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Her official meetings with Abe and other Japanese officials are scheduled for Thursday in Tokyo.

It is the British leader’s first visit to Japan since becoming prime minister in July 2016.

A delegation of British business leaders is accompanying May. A news release from her office said the delegation would showcase “the shared confidence in the U.K.-Japan economic relationship as we leave the EU, and the potential for future growth.”

Some Japanese companies with factories in the United Kingdom are worried about their ability to export to the rest of Europe after Brexit. Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, and triggered the formal two-year exit process in March.

 

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