Japanese Economy Minister Hiroshige Seko and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held their first meeting in Washington ahead of a major bilateral dialogue expected next month.
The two agreed to boost ties by creating new trade and investment rules in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ross apparently didn't make any special demands on Japan. But the US might push measures to reduce the 2 countries' trade imbalance at next month's meeting.
Seko hopes to build a good relationship with Ross, who is seen as knowledgeable about Japan, and seek his understanding.