Wakayama’s Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association Expected to Establish Soon

The Japanese prefecture of Wakayama is promoting the establishment of the provincial Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association. Vice Governor Shimo Hiroshi is expected to be the first president of the association.

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Wakayama's Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association Expected to Establish soon
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Vice Governor of Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Shimo Hiroshi. Photo: VGP

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has affirmed that Vietnam is keen on promoting partnership among localities of Vietnam and Japan, considering it as a substantial and effective cooperation channel for both sides to beef up bilateral ties in various fields, VNA reported.

In a reception for Vice Governor of Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Shimo Hiroshi in Hanoi on October 6, the official highlighted that the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership is in prime time with high political trust despite the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and underlined that Japan has been a leading important economic partner of Vietnam.

Bilateral economic, trade, investment, labor, and education training has been fruitful, he noted.

The Deputy PM said that the partnership between localities of the two countries has been deepened, especially since then Prime Minister, now State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Wakayama province on the occasion of the G20 Summit 2019.

The Deputy Prime Minister highly appreciated this visit of Deputy Governor Shimo Hiroshi to Vietnam, saying that this demonstrates the efforts of the provincial government in enhancing cooperation with Vietnam.

Minh affirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance to strengthening cooperation between the localities of the two countries, considering this as a practical and effective cooperation channel to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, labor, and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. two countries.

He said he hopes Wakayama will continue to effectively implement signed agreements with Vietnam, establish partnerships with more Vietnamese localities, encourage local businesses to invest more in Vietnam, strengthen cooperation in personnel training, and expand the reception of Vietnamese practitioners and laborers to work in the prefecture.

For his part, the Japanese official said the prefecture is implementing an agricultural and fisheries cooperation agreement with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and a deal in in the field of industry with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

Accordingly, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening cooperation in the field of trade and industry was signed on November 24, 2021 between the Vietnamese ministry and the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama, on the sidelines of then Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to Japan.

Wakayama's Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association Expected to Establish soon
At the meeting. Photo: VGP

The locality has also strengthened people-to-people exchange with Vietnam, including a “lotus” exchange program between Kinokawa city and Quang Nam province, which was initiated by the Chairman of the Japan – Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Nikai Toshihiro, aiming to make lotus a symbol of spiritual connections between Vietnamese and Japanese people, he said.

He added that Wakayama is hastening the formation of a Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association in the locality and he will be the first leader of the association.

Wakayama Prefecture is located in the Kii Peninsula, which is the largest in Japan, and Shionomisaki Cape in Kushimoto Town is the southernmost point of the main island of Japan. Most of its land is mountainous and flatlands are along rivers that originate from the Kii mountains that an altitude is about 1.000 meters.

There is a 648km beautiful rias coastline from Wakayama city to Shingu city, and it offers a variety of different landscapes.

Hannah Nguyen