Trade minister Motegi to visit Paris, Brussels

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit Paris and Brussels from Sunday for talks with senior officials of the French government and the European Union, the trade ministry said Friday.

Motegi is expected to meet with French Cabinet ministers and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht to exchange views on the current free trade negotiations between Japan and the bloc, according to the ministry.

He will return home Wednesday.