Delegation of State Commission for OVs Affairs Meets with 7 Vietnamese Associations in Japan

The number of Vietnamese in Japan has continuously risen in recent years, making Vietnam the second largest foreign expat community in the Asian country.

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The delegation of SCOV has a meeting with representatives of Vietnamese associations in Japan
The delegation of SCOV has a meeting with representatives of Vietnamese associations in Japan. Source: SCOV

A delegation of the Foreign Ministry’s State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOV) led by its vice chairman Ambassador Ngo Huong Nam, had a meeting with seven Vietnamese associations in Japan during the visit to the country from October 27-28, VNA reported.

Informed the delegation about the efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Buddhist nun Thich Nguyen An, a representative of the Vietnamese Buddhists Society in Japan, said that the organization provided over 200 tonnes of rice, and accommodation and food aid for Vietnamese students and workers studying and working in the country.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Fukuoka Nguyen Duy Anh said that the association raised more than VND 2.6 billion (nearly USD 105,000) to support the fight against the pandemic in Vietnam.

Representatives of the organizations expressed the hope for closer connections among them so that people who have good economic conditions and stable lives in Japan can help newcomers in difficult situations like the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Vietnamese Association in Fukuoka also shared the local shortage of teachers and the difficulty of teaching Vietnamese to the 2nd and 3rd generations. The association proposed that the SCOV continue to organize teaching guides and provide Vietnamese language teaching materials. In 2023, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan, the two sides have activities to connect overseas Vietnamese businesses and cultural exchanges.

Meeting with Vietnamese community in Japan.
Meeting with Vietnamese community in Japan. Source: SCOV

Vu Hoang Duc, a representative from the Vietnam Business Association (VBA) in Japan said that the organization will re-orient its activities and have specific plans to organize activities on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

Regarding OVs’ violations of Japanese laws, Nguyen Hoa Binh from the Vietnam Youth and Student Association suggested that relevant agencies tighten the management of sending workers to Japan.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Culture Exchange Association Do Quang Ba suggested the embassy enhance citizen protection and support for Vietnamese guest workers who face difficulties or are treated unfairly in Japan in the context that there has not been an official union of Vietnamese workers in Japan.

Some other difficulties and problems encountered by the Vietnamese community in Japan related to identification documents, income tax payment, and insurance, were also shared at the meeting.

In his response, Nam said the delegation will sum up the proposals of the associations and report to authorized agencies for consideration and seeking solutions.

He also proposed the establishment of compatriot associations in Japan connected to localities in the homeland to promote tourism and exports of Vietnamese goods to the country.

Working with the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals in Japan. Source: SCOV
Working with the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals in Japan. Source: SCOV

In a working session with the delegation, the Chairman of the Association of Vietnamese Intellectuals in Japan (AVIJ) Ta Viet Phuong asked the SCOV and relevant sectors to provide financial and communication support for AVIJ’s events and introduce the association to domestic agencies and organizations that have demand for human resources.

Nam said the commission is ready to accompany and sponsor major events of the association, expressing the hope that AVIJ will promote the building of a database of experts and intellectuals in Japan, and its leaders will join the global network of intellectual societies initiated by the SCOV.

During their stay, the delegation visited and worked with representatives of the Vietnam – Japan Culture and Sports Exchange Association which has also organized many volunteering activities in Japan and in the homeland, and served as the coordinator for giving support to OVs meeting with difficulties in the country.

Earlier, on October 23, a workshop to share experience in buying and renovating houses in Japan was held in Tokyo, attracting the participation of over 100 OVs living, studying, and working in the country.

The event was part of a series of activities for the community organized by three 100-percent-Vietnamese capital real estate and construction companies in Japan to popularise and improve knowledge of real estate and home improvements for the Vietnamese community in Japan.

Hannah Nguyen