(VOV) - A ceremony was held in HCM City on December 24 to confer the “Peace and Friendship among Nations” insignia on the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Society of Hiroshima Prefecture, its President, Sugimoto Reiji, and Secretary General, Kobayashi Kazunari.
The event was co-organized by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association of HCM City.
The insignia recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to consolidating and strengthening friendship between the Vietnamese nation and other nations for peace, friendship, cooperation and development.
At the event, Sugimoto Reiji said he hopes Vietnam and Japan will continue to cooperate for peace in both nations and around the world. He noted that Vietnam was one of the first friends to provide financial aid to Japan after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country earlier this year.
From 1960 to 1975, there were many workers and students movements in Hiroshima protesting against the American war in Vietnam and supporting the Vietnamese people’s just struggle for independence. The Japan-Vietnam Friendship Society in Hiroshima was established in February 1976 to continue promoting solidarity and cooperation with Vietnam in the new context.
So far, the society has carried out various activities to strengthen solidarity, friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two nations, particularly between the people of Hiroshima and HCM City, paying special attention to caring for orphans, disabled children and AO/dioxin victims in Vietnam.