Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the last day of his official visit to Japan transmitted a message of calm over the consequences of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant and took advantage of the opportunity to seal a strategic alliance with Tokyo.

Rajoy's one-hour visit to Fukushima was a gesture that Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe thanked him for publicly at a subsequent joint press conference.

At a time when there are continuing reports of leaks at the nuclear center, Rajoy traveled to the city of Fukushima, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the installation affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and defended the existing security there.

The Spanish prime minister said that, since the tsunami, all Spaniards have felt great solidarity with the Japanese people, admiring "your capacity to react and recognizing your strength in overcoming such an unexpected calamity and one of such enormous proportions."

Before his visit to Fukushima, Rajoy inaugurated in Tokyo the 16th edition of the Spain-Japan forum, where he again delivered his message about the recovery of the Spanish economy.

That recovery was praised by Abe, who also pointed to the agreements that Spain and Japan will cooperate on regarding aid to third countries, notably in Latin America.

The two premiers witnessed the signing of several accords on customs cooperation, nuclear authority and foreign trade, and they backed an agreement on peace, development and innovation, all of which provide the basis for a strengthened bilateral relationship. EFE