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That’s one way to make an impression! Boris Johnson DANCES through aisles on Japan visit

BORIS Johnson was sent to Japan to strengthen economic and trade relations this week – but instead he let his feet do the talking.

PUBLISHED: 10:35, Tue, Oct 13, 2015 | UPDATED: 10:49, Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Boris Johson lets his feet do the talking PA

Boris Johson lets his feet do the talking

The Mayor of London kicked off his whistlestop tour of the world’s third largest economy by stunning locals when he danced in the aisles of a swanky department store.

Mr Johnson took hold of professional dancer Charlotte Gooch, who is starring in a touring production of Top Hat, and led her on a waltz in Hankyu, Osaka.

He gave the impromptu display of his impressive dance moves as he visited a UK trade fair held at the shop to help launch a flagship store of Burberry, one of Britain’s biggest clothing brands.

The Shard and Harrods will also take part in the promotional event.

London's Mayor dances with dancer Charlotte Gooch PA

London’s Mayor dances with dancer Charlotte Gooch

Locals were excited to take selfies with Boris

Japan is the third biggest economy in the world. It’s one of our most important trading partners

Boris Johnson

The mayor also went on a walkabout in the bustling Dotonbori area of Osaka where he arrived in the city, stopping to learn how to cook octopus balls before trying one of the local delicacies.

His appearance caused a stir in the busy neon-lit streets, with some locals recognising the mayor and stopping him for selfies.

Science, fashion and motoring is set to dominate his agenda as the mayor attempts to build business links with Japan, the fourth largest investor in the capital where trade totalled £950million last year.

Mr Johnson wants to capitalise on the success of the 2012 London Games to promote British businesses at a “crucial moment” in the Japanese procurement process for its stint as a host nation.

London’s sporting expertise will also feature as Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2020.

Mr Johnson said: “This is the third biggest economy in the world. It’s one of our most important trading partners.

Boris aims to strengthen economic ties with Japan PA

Boris aims to strengthen economic ties with Japan

“Since the early 1980s it has been a massive investor in London. We are seeing more of it now and we want to encourage that.

“They have got £10 billion worth of contracts going out.

“We think that British companies ought to be trying to compete, ought to be offering their services there.”

Mr Johnson will later visit Toyota’s headquarters to test drive one of its most advanced cars and Tokyo to launch the new store of British fashion brand Burberry in the Shinjuku neighbourhood.

He added: “Japan is one of the world’s most important economic powerhouses with enormous potential for stronger partnerships with the capital.

“This is our chance to loudly bang the drum for London.”

Boris Johnson helps cook octopus balls in the Dotonbori district of central OsakaPA

Boris Johnson helps cook octopus balls in the Dotonbori district of central Osaka

Source:  “That’s one way to make an impression!  Boris Johnson dances through aisles on Japan visit”, Daily Express, 13 October 2015
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