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UK should make Japan trade deal post-Brexit priority

Both nations believe in more liberal regulations and would benefit from closer ties

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Boris Johnson meets with Shinzo Abe during the G-7 Summit in August 2019: a liberal trading arrangement is in the interests of both Japan and the U.K.   © Reuters

Liam Fox was the U.K.'s Secretary of State for International Trade from 2016 to 2019.

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak blighted the global economy, the trading system was slowing, weighed down by tensions particularly between China and the U.S. and stuttering economic growth. The World Trade Organization now expects that world merchandise trade will fall by 13%-32% as a result of the pandemic.

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