The four-day event is a collaboration between the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Consulate General in Da Nang.

In his opening speech, Vice Chairman Ho Ky Minh of the municipal People’s Committee highlighted the ongoing development of cooperation between Da Nang and Japanese localities, which has become a prominent aspect of the extensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Da Nang has established friendly and cooperative relations with four cities in Japan – Kawasaki, Sakai, Yokohama, and Kisarazu – as part of its cooperation with 20 Japanese localities.

According to Vice Chairman Minh, Japan has always been a leading partner for Da Nang, with 222 Japanese enterprises, representative offices, and projects operating in the city. These contribute significantly to Da Nang’s socio-economic development by means of technology transfer, human resources training, product diversification, and enhancement of competitiveness.

Minh emphasized the importance of the close ties between the people of Vietnam and Japan in fostering economic, cultural, and social cooperation, as well as people-to-people exchange.

The Vietnam – Japan Festival, inaugurated in 2014, has become a significant annual cultural event for Da Nang residents, Japanese inhabitants, and tourists living and working in the city.

This year’s festival showcases 80 booths featuring Vietnamese and Japanese cultures, traditional dishes, as well as providing information on education, study, tourism, and trade, according to Vice Chairman Minh.

Yamada Takio, the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, expressed his hope that the festival will allow Vietnamese people to experience Japanese culture and art, engage in cultural and sports exchanges, and appreciate the similarities between the two nations’ cultures. This foundation is vital for the development of their fruitful relationship, he added.