Because of the complex development of the epidemic, Japan has decided to delay the event in Ho Chi Minh City slated for last weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, Takebe told Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien in their meeting in Hanoi on February 24.

It will be rescheduled around mid-year or year-end, depending on the situation at that time, he said, noting that he is impressed with the Vietnamese government’s rapid response to the epidemic.

The rescheduled festival will be held on a larger scale, featuring an event hosted by the Japan Business Association promoting dialogue for peace between Vietnam and Japan, he added.

Minister Thien, for his part, briefed his guest on Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention and control, saying tourism services in the country have resumed with recommended COVID-19 control measures put in place.