Senior officials from Japan and South Korea will hold talks on trade control on Monday. It's the first meeting of its kind since Japan tightened its export controls on some high-tech materials to South Korea.
The bureau chief-level talks will be held in Tokyo with Japanese trade ministry official, Yoichi Iida, and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Ho-hyun, taking part.
A new trade deal between Japan and the US is expected to take effect on January 1 after Japan's government announced it had completed all the necessary procedures.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump agreed to the terms in September. Japanese lawmakers voted on Dec. 4 to approve the deal. Trump says it doesn't need congressional approval, as it is going through under a "fast track" process.
Senior officials from Japan and South Korea are preparing to hold trade talks in Tokyo. The meeting on December 16 will be the first of its kind in more than three years, as the two sides try to patch up a deteriorating relationship.
Japan's trade minister says the agenda will include export controls that the two countries slapped on each other this summer. Tokyo maintains it took the step for security reasons. That prompted Seoul to retaliate weeks later.
The leaders of Japan and the US have shaken hands on a bilateral trade deal in New York. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have signed a joint statement after confirming the accord. The Japanese government plans to reveal details soon.
Abe said "When the deal takes effect, it will undoubtedly help boost Japan's investment in the US and develop bilateral economic ties. I'm confident that the deal will be a win-win for Japan and the US."