Photo/IllutrationMinister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi, right, speaks to reporters in Washington on Aug. 23. He told that he and his counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, had made "big progress" in their talks. (The Asahi Shimbun)

WASHINGTON--The United States and Japan have agreed on the sectors that should be included in bilateral trade negotiations, and are ready to move to detailed, working-level talks, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday.

Motegi, speaking to reporters following the conclusion of a third day of meetings with his counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said details on the method and timeline of those negotiations would be discussed over the weekend at a Group of Seven leaders summit in Biarritz, France.