Japan, US to hold ministerial-level TPP talks: Kyodo

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari and US Trade Representative Michael Froman are set to hold bilateral trade talks in Tokyo, Kyodo news agency said on Friday, citing unnamed sources close to the negotiations.

The bilateral trade talks are seen as crucial for a broader Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact.

Kyodo did not say when the two would meet, but other Japanese media have said they are aiming to meet on Sunday and Monday.