"We should not turn the clock backward. ... We need to squarely face any worries and anxieties and achieve fair regulation so as to further develop free trade. TPP is at the forefront of that movement," Abe said. "The door is always open to those who share our vision, and those who accept TPP's high standards."
Warning of the economic impact from a no-deal Brexit, Abe said Japan considers Britain "the gateway to the European market" and Japanese firms employ more than 150,000 people in the U.K.