Aug 30, 2017
TOKYO - British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Japan on Wednesday for a three-day visit, during which she is expected to hold talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe regarding security cooperation and the fight against terrorism among other issues.
May is scheduled to go to Kyoto from Osaka International Airport to experience a tea ceremony hosted by Abe and have official talks over dinner in the ancient Japanese capital, according to the Japanese government.
In their summit Thursday in Tokyo, May and Abe are expected to confirm cooperation in the field of security and then issue a joint statement, according to Japan's Foreign Ministry.
The British prime minister's first visit since she took office in July last year comes a day after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that traveled over Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido and dropped into the Pacific Ocean.
The Japanese government is planning to invite May to a special meeting of Japan's National Security Council on Thursday to show the two countries' unity on the threat from Pyongyang, according to a government source.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss strengthening of bilateral economic ties even after Britain exits the European Union.
May is scheduled to meet with Emperor Akihito before leaving Tokyo on Friday.
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