U.S. Treasury chief Lew to visit Japan, other Asian nations next week

The U.S. Treasury Department said Friday that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will visit Japan, China and three Southeast Asian countries during a five-day trip starting Tuesday.

Lew will discuss with his counterparts issues such as the objective of completing negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement by the year's end, the department said.

Lew will also discuss "the implementation of international economic sanctions on Iran and North Korea as well as other issues related to combating illicit finance."

During his first visit to Japan, Lew will meet with Finance Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday and Japanese business leaders in an event to be organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

On Wednesday, Lew will travel to Singapore to meet with political and business leaders and visit Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam's Hanoi for similar meetings the following day.

The secretary will visit Beijing on Friday and discuss with Chinese leaders "progress on the reform agenda and efforts to level the playing field for U.S. workers and business," the department said.