Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations are at a stage where one more round of ministerial talks will lead to an agreement on remaining issues, according to the text of a message presented at an event organized by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo.

Abe also said the government aims to lower the corporate tax rate by at least 3.3 percentage points next fiscal year starting in April 2016 and seek even greater cuts if possible.

Japan and the United States will hold working-level bilateral talks on auto issues from Wednesday in Washington. Japan also plans to meet negotiators from Canada and Mexico.

(Reporting by Takaya Yamaguchi, writing by Kaori Kaneko, editing by Chris Gallagher)