TOKYO, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Japan and the United States on Monday agreed to cooperate to successfully conclude the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks by the end of this year, according to local media.
The remark was made during a meeting between Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and both of them will attend the ministerial meeting on the first two days of the upcoming Brunei round on Aug. 22 to 30, said Japan's Kyodo News Agency.
Amari told at a press conference after the meet that Japan will actively cooperate with other participating countries to successfully conclude the free trade talks, according to the report.
The United States and Japan agreed to closely work together on the TPP-related issues and in the parallel negotiations to resolve outstanding issues between the two economies, said Froman after his meeting with Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary.
Froman, who took up the post in June, is in his first visit in Japan and has met with Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida the day and Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Sunday.
Japan and the United States concluded earlier this month their first parallel talks with the TPP negotiations on autos and nontariff barriers, but saying there remain challenges between the two countries on achieving an agreement.
Japan became the 12th member of the TPP talks in Malaysia round in July and will take fully part in the Brunei round.