Visiting U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pledged Thursday to strengthen bilateral cooperation in helping girls around the world receive an education, especially in developing countries.

Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to push U.S. efforts to give more adolescent girls worldwide access to school and finish their education through an initiative called Let Girls Learn, which was announced earlier this month by Obama and her husband, President Barack Obama.

Speaking in front of an audience of 200, including many Japanese female students, at the Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guest House, Obama stressed the importance of education and said academic opportunities made her what she is today.