(VOV) – Vietnamese and Japanese scholars and researchers have reviewed the 40-year ties between the two countries and shared their assessments of the relationship’s future at an international conference in Hanoi on September 3.
Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Tanizaki Yasuaki stressed Vietnamese-Japanese relations are founded upon on the two peoples’ mutual understanding. He said the two countries expect to continue promoting strong cooperation over the next decade and further into the future.
The ambassador noted the need to increase younger generations’ awareness of the bilateral ties and boost exchange activities focused on youth.
The diplomat affirmed Japan is in the process of opening its labour market, creating chances for Vietnamese people, particularly healthcare workers, to seek employment in Japan.
Forty years after establishing diplomatic ties, Vietnam and Japan have become strategic partners boasting deeper and more meaningful cooperation across a wide variety of emerging areas of promise.
During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s January visit this year, the two governments agreed to elevate the strategic partnership to new heights and designated 2013 as the “Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year”.
Addressing the conference, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Chairman Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang noted Japan is now one of Vietnam’s major economic partners and in its top three most lucrative export markets. Japan also leads Vietnam’s other foreign investors in terms of investment disbursement.
Japan provides Vietnam with the largest amount of official development aid (ODA), accounting for almost one third of its total aid received.
Cultural, scientific and technological, educational, and vocational training exchanges between the two sides have also been expanded.
The conference, part of activities marking the 40thanniversary of diplomatic ties, listened to participants propose measures for building upon the partnership’s successes as their relationship enters into a new period of development.