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William Hague arrived in Japan today on the second leg of his inaugural visit to East Asia as Foreign Secretary
William Hague arrived today for his first visit to Japan as Foreign Secretary, following a successful visit to China. During his visit to Japan he will meet Prime Minister Kan, Foreign Minister Okada and leaders from business and industry, reinforcing the new coalition government’s commitment to deepening and strengthening the UK’s relations with Japan, a close foreign policy partner and a key investor, whose companies employ over 100,000 British workers, including in new low-carbon, high-growth industries. He will also deliver the second in a series of four keynote speeches, setting out his vision for Britain’s foreign policy.
In the first of these speeches, delivered at the Foreign Office in London on 1 July, the Foreign Secretary set out his vision of foreign policy in a networked world. In his second speech, he focuses on the global economy and how working with key partners such as Japan is vital to British commercial and economic interests.