Vietnamese and Japanese Youth Strengthen Friendship

Hiroyuki Ogawa, general secretary of the Japan-Vietnam Association, emphasized the importance of the young generation in fostering the friendship between Japan and Vietnam in the present and in the future. He explained to the Vietnam Times that the Association has planned several activities to be carried out in 2023, which marks the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, in order to create opportunities for youths of both countries to interact and become friends.

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Vietnam And Japan Young Generations Strengthen Friendship
Performance in the 18th “Hoi An – Japan Cultural Exchange” program, held in Hoi An ancient town. Photo: KT

The seminar focused on how to obtain a working visa in Japan, as well as how to adapt to the Japanese working environment. Attendees were also provided with tips on how to make the most of their employment opportunities.

The Japan-Vietnam Association is hosting a seminar in Tokyo, Japan, to provide Vietnamese workers with guidance on how to successfully integrate and work in the country. The seminar was attended by former Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio, as well as representatives from several Japanese companies that recruit Vietnamese workers. It focused on the process of obtaining a working visa in Japan and gave advice on how to best adapt to the Japanese working environment. Attendees were also provided with helpful tips on how to make the most out of their employment opportunities.

In early August, an exciting cultural exchange event will be held in Tokyo between the two countries. Here, Japanese people will have the opportunity to showcase their singing skills by performing Vietnamese songs, while Vietnamese people will treat their Japanese counterparts to the traditional Soba noodles. It promises to be a fun and memorable experience for all involved!

The common point of the events is to focus on the exchange between the young generations of the two countries.

The Association focuses on exchange activities of the young generation because it believes that such experiences help to foster a deeper understanding of different cultures, viewpoints, and ways of life. This can help to promote global peace and understanding, as well as providing young people with the opportunity to expand their horizons and develop essential skills.

Previous generations have laid the foundation for connecting people-to-people relations between the two countries. The current generation is the driving force behind developing and strengthening the relationship between the two countries in the present and the future. To help young people of the two countries meet, exchange ideas, and gain mutual understanding, exchange activities are organized.

This creates a special cultural exchange between the two countries. The two countries have conducted many important economic, cultural and educational cooperation activities. Japan has helped Vietnam in many aspects such as infrastructure, human resources, economic and social development. This has created a strong bond between the two countries, making it one of the most successful bilateral relationships in the region. In recent years, the two countries have further strengthened their cooperation in various fields such as politics, economy, culture, science and technology, and defense. In addition, the two countries have also worked together in international issues such as the East Sea (South China Sea) dispute. This cooperation has helped to promote peace and stability in the region. In conclusion, the relationship between Vietnam and Japan has grown significantly over the past 50 years, creating a close and strong attachment between the two countries. It has become one of the most successful bilateral relationships in the region, and the two countries have worked together to promote peace and stability in the region.

Many Japanese people have chosen Vietnam as a place to live, study, and work. Nonetheless, the majority of both Vietnamese and Japanese people tend to remain within their own communities and have not established meaningful exchanges with the host communities.

Compared to the previous generation, communication between young people of the two countries today is dramatically more convenient. As a result, it is even more imperative to encourage exchanges between them.

Vietnam And Japan Young Generations Strengthen Friendship
Hiroyuki Ogawa, general secretary of the Japan-Vietnam Association. Photo: Thu Ha

The predecessors have a crucial role to play in supporting the younger generation. They can provide guidance, wisdom, and mentorship to help the younger generation reach their goals and become successful. They can also share their knowledge and experience to help the younger generation navigate difficult situations. Moreover, they can be a source of inspiration and encouragement that can help the younger generation stay motivated and focused. Ultimately, the predecessors can serve as role models and guides for the younger generation as they strive to reach their full potential.

The role of forerunners is to create exchange opportunities for young people. To this end, we organized a program that enabled students from Vietnamese universities to gain valuable experience at Japanese universities. Through this program, these students were able to not only gain knowledge, but also develop their interpersonal skills and gain a better understanding of different cultures. As a result, this program has been a great success, fostering a better connection between the two countries and providing invaluable growth opportunities for the students involved.

Vietnamese students had the amazing opportunity to visit and learn about the technology of raising seafood in tanks rather than in the ocean. Through this experience, they were able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the advancement of Japanese technology, and how it could be applied to the development of their own nation. By exploring this innovative method of aquaculture, Vietnamese students were able to gain invaluable knowledge that they could use to help further their country’s progress.

Vietnam, a country heavily affected by war, has risen to become a dynamic, developing nation in the region. Aspiring young Vietnamese citizens live with dreams and expectations for a brighter future. It is our hope that Japanese friends learn about Vietnam’s history and witness the tremendous efforts made by the Vietnamese people to motivate themselves. To facilitate this, we are planning to collaborate with several universities in Vietnam to organize short exchange courses and create opportunities for young Japanese people to gain invaluable experiences.

I have visited Vietnam 109 times, and each time I am filled with joy. During my first 20 trips, I was excited to explore the country and its culture. During my next 20 trips, I was overjoyed to make more Vietnamese friends. In the subsequent trips, I felt a sense of responsibility in fostering connections between the young generations of our two countries.

The Japan-Vietnam Association was established in 1965, with the aim of fostering cultural, economic, and educational exchanges between the two countries. As part of its mission, the Association works to increase mutual understanding and strengthen the bond of friendship between Japan and Vietnam. It also strives to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the two countries. Through its various activities, the Association seeks to create a more prosperous and peaceful future for both countries.

Currently, the Association boasts 130 members, comprising 40 Japanese organizations and corporations with cooperation and investment ties to Vietnam, such as Mitsui, Kao, and Isuzu, as well as 90 individuals fond of Vietnam and committed to furthering Vietnam-Japan relations, such as Umeda Kunio, a former Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam.

Rosie Nguyen