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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon her arrival for a tea ceremony at Omotesenke Fushin'an in Kyoto, western Japan August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon


TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he had received assurances that Britain's negotiations on leaving the European Union (EU) would be transparent.

Speaking at a business forum before remarks by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is on a three-day visit to Japan, Abe also said he had trust in the British economy after its departure from the EU and noted that Britain was a very important base for Japanese manufacturing.

Abe and May are expected to pledge closer cooperation on defence, cyber security and counter-terrorism as the British leader looks to strengthen relations with one of her closest allies ahead of Brexit.

(Reporting by William James; Writing by Linda Sieg)

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