It is very tempting when travelling abroad to praise your ultimate destination a little too much, especially when your speeches are honoured, rather than criticised at every turn, as at home.
Our diplomats from the Foreign Office etc., are with Mrs May in Japan this week, to advise on different customs and beliefs. It is a brave leader who listens to experienced advisors and accepts that every statement could be ambushed by the less well-meaning.
Mrs May was invited to a Tea Ceremony, a high honour. She was probably smiling and polite throughout, but that is not what the media chose to portray.
Yet we have other allies in Asia, notably China, who sends hundreds of pre-paying students to our blue-chip universities every year. On graduation, they are much more fluent in English than at the start and go on to prodigiously contribute to our national economy.
I may well be missing something here, but I do not understand why Japan should be involved in Brexit. The only thing that springs to mind is that Japan has freedom of the Customs Union when dealing with the EU. We would do well to copy them, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.