The leaders of both Germany and Japan have long warned of the threats posed by Brexit, as well as the U.S.-China trade war So when Angela Merkel and Shinzo Abe met on Monday - there was a lot on the agenda.
How best to brace for Britain's potentially chaotic departure from the EU though looked set to clinch the top spot... and just hours after news that Japanese firm Nissan had scrapped plans to build a sport-utility vehicle in the U.K. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINSITER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING: "In order to minimise the negativbe impact on Japanese companies and the global economy, I expect the Brexit process to be carried out with legal stability.
I told Chancellor Merkel that we strongly expect the EU and the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit." British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a solution to a parliamentary stalemate over the terms of her Brexit deal particularly the issue surrounding the border with Northern Ireland (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "To solve this point you have to be creative and listen to each other, and such discussions can and must be conducted.
This means, we can still use the time to reach an agreement if everyone shows good will." In the mean time Abe and Merkel vowed to boost cooperation in free trade.
A resistance against the Donald Trump's "America First" approach Merkel showed her commitment by bringing a number of business heavy weights including executives from Siemens and Bayer AG.
The meeting came just days after Japan and the EU launched a new trade agreement that removes almost all tariffs.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reviews honour guards with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not in picture) ahead of a meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan February 4, 2019. Toshifumi..