Vietnam and Japan Enhance Relations Through People-to-People Exchanges

At the "Promoting people-to-people exchange and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan" workshop held in Can Tho on the afternoon of September 15, Duong Tan Hien, the Permanent Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People's Committee, highlighted the importance of people-to-people exchanges in fostering a diversified and successful relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

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The event was organized by the Can Tho Union of Friendship Organizations and the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association of Can Tho City in collaboration with Can Tho University.

According to Vice Chairman Duong Tan Hien, the friendly cooperation relationship between Vietnam and Japan has reached new heights 50 years after diplomatic relations were established. Cultural and people-to-people exchanges play an essential role in diversifying and strengthening Vietnam-Japan ties.

Delegates of the conference

Delegates of the conference.

Japan has been involved in many cooperation activities in Can Tho through people-to-people diplomacy. Projects to improve capacity, support vulnerable people, and support schools in Can Tho have been implemented. Additionally, universities and colleges have developed Japanese language training facilities and other educational infrastructure,” shared Hien.

Can Tho City has established cooperative and friendly connections with Japanese partners and communities in various fields. It currently has six FDI projects with a total investment of approximately 1.35 billion USD from Japan. The city has also received Japanese ODA aid worth tens of millions of dollars through large-scale projects such as the Can Tho Bridge and the O Mon Thermal Power Plant. Japan has also provided humanitarian assistance and community development funding through the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Mr. Duong Tan Hien - Permanent Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People's Committee presented flowers to Mr. Ono Masuo - Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City at the event.

Permanent Vice Chairman of the Can Tho City People’s Committee Duong Tan Hien presented flowers to the Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City at the event.

Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City Ono Masuo stated at the ceremony, “The year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam. The bilateral cooperation is expanding in many areas, including politics, business, education, culture, and sports. Japan-Vietnam relations are currently improving, as the extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.”

According to Chairwoman Le Thi Thanh Giang, the Can Tho Union of Friendship Organizations and the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association of Can Tho City have successfully organized many diplomatic events, including the celebration of the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan in 2018. They have also annually organized the Vietnam-Japan Cultural Exchange Festival in collaboration with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Department of Foreign Affairs. In June 2023, they will organize a series of events on the Vietnam-Japan cultural and trade exchange program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of establishing Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations.

People-to-people Exchanges Contribute to Strengthening Vietnam - Japan Relations

Delegates of the conference.

The Can Tho Union of Friendship Organizations and the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Can Tho have also facilitated connections between Japanese businesses and non-governmental organizations to implement and promote projects sponsored by the Japanese government in the city.

During the event, Vietnamese and Japanese delegates discussed various topics related to Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations and future development in a friendly atmosphere. They shared ideas to further strengthen the friendship between Vietnam and Japan, particularly in investment, cooperation in training and scientific research, trade, culture exchanges, and tourism.

Secretary of the Can Tho City Party Committee wishes to promote cooperation with Japan

On the morning of September 15, Secretary Nguyen Van Hieu and Vice Chairman Duong Tan Hien of Can Tho City met with Ono Masuo, the new Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City.

Secretary Nguyen Van Hieu congratulated Ono Masuo on his new position and informed him about Can Tho City’s efforts in developing transport, economic and social infrastructure. He expressed his expectation that Ono Masuo would facilitate cooperation between Can Tho City and Japanese localities and businesses in various areas.

Secretary of Can Tho City Party Committee Nguyen Van Hieu (4th from right) and leaders of departments took souvenir photos with Japanese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Ono Masuo at the meeting.

Secretary Nguyen Van Hieu and leaders of departments took souvenir photos with the Japanese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Ono Masuo.

Japanese Consul General Ono Masuo thanked the leaders of Can Tho City for their attention and support for Japanese businesses. He also acknowledged the role of Can Tho City as the center of the Mekong Delta region and pledged to support the city in responding to climate change, attracting investment, and strengthening relations between the two countries.

Phuong Nguyen