June 25, 2019 / 1:17 AM / 3 months ago

Japan Economy Minister Motegi says to meet USTR Lighthizer this week

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi leaves the General Assembly of Japan's largest business group Keidanren after he delivered a speech at the Keidanren headquarters in Tokyo on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Photo by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO)

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday he would meet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer timed with the U.S. official’s visit to Japan for the Group of 20 leaders’ summit later this week.

Motegi added he would announce details including the date and location of the talks once they were set.

Washington and Tokyo are in negotiations for a trade deal as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to lower his country’s trade deficit and boost exports to its major trading partners.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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