Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his visiting Japanese counterpart, Naruhito, urged closer business ties between their two countries.

Naruhito lunched Tuesday with the Spanish royal family, inaugurated two exhibits and presided together with Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, over the Inaugural Gala of the Spain-Japan Dual Year.

At the opening of the Bilateral Committee of Spain-Japan Business Cooperation, they spoke of the crisis and the opportunities available to the companies of their two countries.

"We must make use of that potential and join forces," Felipe said in a speech during which he also asked for bilateral dialogue to give a boost to industry, technology and finance.

He praised Japan for the recent economic stimulus measures it has adopted, and congratulated Naruhito for the "promising outlook of the Japanese economy."

Naruhito expressed his faith in Spanish and Japanese businessmen's ability to use their "creativity and entrepreneurial spirit" to overcome the challenges of the crisis by opening "new horizons."

He also invited the two countries to strengthen their relationship even more by exchanging experiences, the better to deal with problems they have in common.

As part of his six-day visit to Spain, the Japanese crown prince will meet Wednesday with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. EFE