Vietnam – Japan: Elevating Diplomatic Ties Through Cultural, Sporting, and Tourism Exchanges

On the 17th of May, Japan's esteemed Ambassador, Ito Naoki, commenced his official term in Vietnam. He presented his credentials to Acting President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the diplomatic relationship between Japan and Vietnam.

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The newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, Ito Naoki, expressed his enthusiasm and honor to take on his role, stating, “I am thrilled to contribute to bringing bilateral relations to new heights. I also feel the responsibility that comes with this position.” This statement was made on the website of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, alongside a photo of the ambassador presenting his credentials to Acting President Vo Thi Anh Xuan.

Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki presents his credentials. (Source: Japanese Embassy to Vietnam)

Ambassador Ito Naoki highlighted the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in November 2023. He affirmed his commitment to strengthening the friendly and cooperative relationship across various fields, including economics, security, culture, and people-to-people exchanges, to match the new partnership.

Regarding economic ties, the ambassador noted that Japanese businesses are keen to invest in Vietnam. He emphasized that strengthening economic cooperation is crucial to deepening Japan-Vietnam relations. “I will listen to the opinions of Japanese businesses operating in Vietnam and strive to improve the business environment,” he added. Ambassador Ito Naoki also expressed his desire to continue developing cooperative activities in new areas such as digital and green transformation.

The recent 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam was marked by over 500 commemorative programs and new exchange activities. Building on this momentum, the ambassador aims to promote cultural, sports, and tourism exchanges between the two countries.

Ambassador Ito Naoki also addressed the safety and well-being of the nearly 20,000 Japanese citizens living in Vietnam, stating that he will continue his efforts to ensure their security and peace of mind.

Valerie Mai

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