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Japanese government officials and the country’s business community are breathing sighs of relief following a landslide victory by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in Thursday’s general election, with Britain’s exit from the European Union without an agreement now likely to be avoided.

In a message sent to Johnson on Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated the British leader on his election win and said he is happy to be able to continue working with him. Britain now seems to be on course to realize a smooth exit from the EU, and Japan hopes to start working with Britain soon on building a new bilateral economic partnership, Abe added.

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