Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama expressed hope Thursday that Japanese students will work closely with their U.S. peers to continue their tradition of cooperation over scientific and technological breakthroughs.

"Young people like you have at your fingertips more technology and more power than even the greatest innovators in previous generations," Obama said in a speech before a group of Japanese students at a Tokyo science museum.

"So there's no limit to what you can achieve, and the United States of America wants to be your partner," he said after touring the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as Miraikan, along the Daiba waterfront district in Koto Ward.