During a press conference held on February 29, Tran Phuoc Anh, the head of the city’s Department of Foreign Affairs, announced that the festival will showcase various trade, cuisine, and tourism exchanges. Additionally, there will be a Vietnam-Japan music show and seminars focused on trade and tourism promotion.

One of the highlights of the festival this year will be an Ao Dai show performed by Vietnamese students from Ho Chi Minh City University of Culture. This performance will be the first of its kind.

Ho Chi Minh City has attracted significant investment from Japan, making them the third largest investor in the city. Currently, there are 1,657 Japanese projects worth over US$5.7 billion, accounting for 10% of the city’s total foreign investment.

Ono Masuo, the consul general of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, expressed his hope that the residents of the metropolis will continue to show interest and participate in the diverse activities organized by both Vietnam and Japan. This will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Last year, the eighth Vietnam-Japan Festival marked the opening of a series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The event attracted 500,000 visitors.