Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Estonian counterpart Taavi Roivas pledged Friday to strengthen cooperation on cybersecurity and digital identification technology.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Tokyo after their meeting in Tokyo, Abe touted the Baltic state as being good at information technology and cybersecurity, and said Japan is placing great importance on the field in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"There is much we can learn from Estonia, which holds IT as the central pillar of nation-building, thereby promoting better efficiency in administration and people's lives," Abe said.