This picture taken on July 4, 2016 shows bamboo whisks, used in traditional tea ceremonies, made by Chikumeido, during an interview at Sabun Kubo's studio in Ikoma, western Japan. / AFP / TORU YAMANAKA /
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Britain might be a world away, but the future of a 500-year-old family company in rural Japan could rest on the U.K.'s decision to quit the European Union.Things got off to a good start for the company, which has been run by 24 generations of Kubo's family – and then Britain voted to quit the EU.More than 1,000 Japanese companies do business in Britain, employing some 140,000 local people, and Japan's direct investment in the country has topped 10 trillion yen ($99 billion) to date.The firm is known nationwide for being one of the only manufacturers able to produce as many as 120 different types of the lightweight whisks, called chasen.Today, the number of makers has fallen by more than half while annual sales have tumbled to about 300,000 a year, Kubo said, adding that his firm controls about 30 percent of the domestic market.
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