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Vietnam, Japan intensify strategic partnership VNTimes


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Senior Japanese Government officials have said they consider Vietnamto be Japan’s important partner and hope to enhance theJapan-Vietnam strategic partnership.
JapaneseMinister of Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio, Minister of Health, Labourand Welfare Tamura Norihisa and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports,Science and Technology Shimomura Hakubun made the remarks during theirtalks with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan in Tokyo on May24.

They pledged to support Vietnam’s socio-economic development through official development assistance (ODA).

During the talks, Nhan voiced his pleasure at the extensive andintensive development of the two countries’ cooperation and friendship.He thanked the Japanese Government and people for their great andvaluable support to Vietnam through ODA over the past 20 years, evenduring their struggle against earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

He suggested both sides strengthen cooperation to make bilateral tiesmore effective, particularly in economics, human resource development,science and technology.

Vietnam and Japan need toaccelerate the implementation of their cooperation programmes, such asthose to upgrade some of Vietnam’s universities and vocational schools,develop a coordination mechanism to ensure labour supply for Japaneseinvestors in Vietnam, and build the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Hospital inHo Chi Minh City, Nhan added.

The Deputy PM askedJapan to assist Vietnam in building and improving its capacity ofseaport operation, contributing to peace and maritime safety in Asianwaters.

On this occasion, the Deputy PM and ForeignMinister Kishida Fumio witnessed the signing of a memorandum ofunderstanding on teaching the Japanese language in Vietnam between theVietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Japanese ForeignMinistry.

On the same day, Nhan met with former memberof the House of Councillors Matsuda Iwao, former member of the House ofRepresentatives Koizumi Toshiaki and former Japanese Ambassador toVietnam Hattori Norio. He also met Vietnamese Embassy staff andrepresentatives of the Vietnamese community in the country.

Nhan and his entourage concluded their visit to Japan on May 25.-VNA

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