Home to some of the fastest-growing economies of the 21st century, it has never been more urgent to build new trading relationships there.
On a range of issues from trade to defence, Yoshihide Suga knows that he has inherited a valuable partnership. Now is the time to build on it.
The Union has already signed up to an FTA) with Canada. Surely we should be able to agree a similar deal for the UK – if not one substantially deeper.