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45th anniversary of Vietnam - Japan relations marked

Released at: 14:12, 19/09/2018

45th anniversary of Vietnam - Japan relations marked

Photo: Ngoc Lan

Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association hold ceremony on September 18 in Hanoi.

by Ngoc Lan

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association held a ceremony on September 18 in Hanoi to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

The ceremony was attended by former Politburo member To Huy Rua, former Chairman of the Vietnam-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Chairman of Vietnam - Japan Friendship Association, and VUFO Deputy Chairman and Secretary General Don Tuan Phong, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan to Vietnam H.E. Umeda Kunio, members of the National Assembly and ministers, and senators and congressmen from Japan.

Mr. Rua told the ceremony that there are more than 260,000 Vietnamese living, studying and working in Japan and nearly 20,000 Japanese doing likewise in Vietnam. He expressed a belief that, with momentum from the strong relationship, political trust, and determination and effort on both sides, relations will continue to develop to new heights, bringing practical benefits to the people of the two countries and contributing positively to peace, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

Chairman of the Vietnam-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group Pham Minh Chinh said the Group plays an important role in promoting friendship and cooperation between the two countries and between the two governments and parliaments in various fields, creating spill-over effects and ensuring the effectiveness of cooperative programs and projects between the two. “Friendship, sincerity, and high political reliability is a solid foundation for effective and close cooperation between the two countries,” he said. “At the same time, it creates new impetus for more development between the two countries in all sectors and at all levels.”

Ambassador Kunio appreciated that Japan and Vietnam not only share many strategic interests but also have strong attachment and trust between senior leaders and the people. Relations are now considered to be at their best thanks to the close cooperation of the two governments in cooperative projects in all fields and the contribution of many individuals and organizations in both Japan and Vietnam in the fields of culture, society, arts, and education. “In the future, the friendship and cooperation between Japan and Vietnam will grow to new heights, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world,” he believes.

Many major celebrations have been held to mark the 45th anniversary of relations. Typical were the concert by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival, and a seminar on “Japan’s human resources policy during the Meiji Restoration period and its significance and impact on Japan’s development”, held on September 14 in Hanoi.

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