Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Exchange Representative Robert Lighthizer concurred Wednesday by phone to proceed with close coordination for changing the World Trade Organization, including its contest settlement framework, the Foreign Ministry said.

The phone talks, held in line with the U.S. side, came as the WTO is confronting an emergency, with Washington obstructing the arrangement of new adjudicators to fill the opening on a seven-man board that has last say on settling exchange differences. U.S. President Donald Trump has frequently condemned the Geneva-based association as inadequate at its particular employment of implementing rules on the global exchange.

Since December, the Appellate Body has not had enough individuals to hear new interests after the details of two of the staying three adjudicators terminated. It is regularly made out of seven individuals. The service added that Japan will keep on fortifying coordination with the United States and other WTO individuals for essential changes.