Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at a press conference on January 4th, 2019 (Photo: AFP/VNA)

The PM also said that during the visit, he is eager to have discussions on a wide range of issues including the global economy and trade, and securing support from the two European countries for Japan’s hosting of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka in June.

As scheduled, Abe will meet with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Rotterdam before the Japan-EU free trade agreement comes into force next month.

After arriving in London, Abe is expected to ask Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure that Britain’s departure from the EU in March will not negatively affect Japanese companies operating in the country.

He is scheduled to return home on January 11th. He had initially planned to visit the two European nations late last year, but postponed the plan due to a tight Diet schedule at home.

The Prime Minister is also expected to visit Europe again later in the month. He plans to visit Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin and then attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland./.

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