Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt agreed Tuesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation on maritime security and pledged to seek the early conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union.

Abe explained Japan's policy to make contributions to global peace and security during the talks in the prime minister's office with Thorning-Schmit, who agreed on the importance of promoting the rule of law and free trade.

With Japan facing a tough decision on its future energy mix and the third anniversary next week of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex, the two leaders agreed to seek cooperation on renewable energy and encourage private-sector partnerships, Japanese officials said.