US President Barack Obama has said that the US plans to strengthen its cooperation on energy issues with Japan. Obama made the comments at the White House earlier this week after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The alliance, named the Clean Energy Policy Dialogue, will see the countries partner on the research and development of renewable energy sources through the launch of three new clean energy initiatives. As part of the program, green communities will be built in Japan’s Tohaku region and community-scale microgrid systems and green energy technologies will also be developed.

The countries will continue their discussion on clean energy issues at the 4th Clean Energy Policy Dialogue in Fukushima later this year.