Japan and the United States returned to the table for another round of trade talks in Washington on Thursday.
After the first day of discussions, Japan's top negotiator Toshimitsu Motegi told news media that the two sides were making progress.
He said, "We agreed to speed up the talks. We're definitely getting close to a conclusion."
Motegi is meeting again with his counterpart, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, on Friday. They are focusing on lowering tariffs on farm products and automobiles.