**EU exit would make UK ‘less attractive’ to investors, says Japan’s PM
The UK would be “less attractive” to Japanese investors if it votes to leave the European Union, Japan’s prime minister has said.
Shinzo Abe said Japan’s business sector saw the UK as a “gateway” to Europe.
The UK will go to the polls in a referendum on its EU membership on 23 June.**
Matthew Elliott, the chief executive of Vote Leave campaign, said he did not accept Mr Abe’s “do as I say, not as we do attitude”.
Mr Abe - who made his comments during a joint press conference in No 10 with Mr Cameron - said Japan would rather negotiate a trade deal with the EU as a block, rather than “individual states” in Europe.
He also said Tokyo would be paying “very close attention” to the outcome of the EU vote, adding that more than 1,000 Japanese firms had invested in the UK, creating 140,000 jobs.