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Old 05.09.2016, 17:47
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

Japan has a lot to lose if the momentum towards globalisation were to deteriorate. They are heavily invested in it. There is fear in Japan that Brexit is an omen of disintegration, which would hurt its interest. They are basically trying to weigh in for the status quo.

But I don't believe there is a centralised Japanese planning committee that can dictate all corporate activity in the UK. Each Japanese corporation decides its actions based on its own interests and rationales. These are business decisions, not a political one.

This is the Japanese government meddling on UK affairs, and probably trying to do the EU a favor. I don't think this is a factor for Theresa May to consider in lieu of invoking Article 50. Japan is in no position to be issuing ultimatums to the UK.
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