PM Dung tours quake, tsunami sites in Japan

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PM Dung tours quake, tsunami sites in Japan

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had a busy day in Japan yesterday as he met with several Japanese leaders before touring areas hit by the March earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi prefecture.

Meeting with Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives Takahiro Yokomichi, Dung expressed his sympathy for the Japanese government and people over the serious losses caused by the disasters.

He stressed that one of Viet Nam's top foreign policies was to attach importance to strengthening and consolidating the strategic partnership with Japan, and spoke highly of the Japanese parliament's effective activities in favour of Viet Nam.

Applauding Dung's official visit to Japan, Speaker Yokomichi thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their valuable support and assistance to help Japan overcome the consequences of the disasters.

He affirmed the Japanese parliament's support for fostering friendship and co-operation with Viet Nam in various fields, especially in economics, trade,investment, science and technology, and education and training.

Earlier, at a meeting with Speaker of the Japanese House of Counsellors Otsuji Hidechisa, Dung expressed his belief that the friendship and co-operation between the two countries and parliaments would be strengthened.

Dung also met leaders of the International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC) and Most Venerable Yoshimizu, who has had close relations with Viet Nam over many years, especially with Buddhist followers and the Vietnamese community in Japan.

Later, he left Tokyo for earthquake and tsunami-hit areas in Natori city, in the north-eastern prefecture of Miyagi, where he presented aid relief, met local authorities and offered flowers to commemorate the victims of the catastrophes.

PM NguyenTan Dung offers flowers to commemorate the victims of the earthquake and tsunami-hit areas in Natori city

Natori Mayor Sasaki Isoo expressed his thanks for the Vietnamese State and people's friendship and effective assistance provided for the city to overcome the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami and boost its post-disaster reconstruction.

Viet Nam's actions of goodwill, effective assistance and warm sentiments for Japan were evidence of the friendship and close relations between the two governments and peoples, he said.

Dung expressed his belief that the friendship and co-operation between Miyagi prefecture, Natori city and Viet Nam and its localities would continue to be consolidated and further developed in the future.

During a visit to Tohoku University in Natori city, Dung said that co-operation in education and training between the two nations had developed in recent years through many effective programmes and projects.

Japan is currently home to nearly 4,000 Vietnamese students, with 30 studying at Tohoku University.

Science co-operation

Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan thanked Japan for its co-operation in science and technology and called for more support from the country in this field, especially in the nuclear sector, at separate meetings with Japanese officials within the framework of PM Dung's visit.

At a meeting with Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Masaharu Nakagawa on Monday, Quan asked the Japanese side to reach consensus on forms of co-operation and to prioritise areas for implementation of multilateral research activities within the framework of the e-ASIA Joint Research Forum.

In reference to preparation for construction of a nuclear power plant in Viet Nam, Quan asked the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology to help build the capacity of Vietnamese agencies involved in the project.

In terms of space co-operation, Quan said he appreciated Japan's support for building the Vietnamese Space Centre in Hoa Lac Hi-tech Zone, saying he hoped the two sides would promote co-operation in the research and application of space technology, particularly satellite technology.

Quan took the occasion to inform his host of efforts that had been made to complete procedures for the early signing of an agreement between his ministry with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science which would support joint research activities by universities in the two countries and establish a network of leading scientists.

At a meeting with Kazuo Watanabe, Japanese Ambassador for Science and Technology Co-operation under the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Quan praised the Japanese ministry's co-operation in implementing activities included in the agreement on co-operation in science and technology signed by the two governments in 2006.

The Vietnamese Minister suggested Japan work closely with Viet Nam to promote co-operation between research centres.

Visiting the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organisation, Quan called on the organisation to help Viet Nam train nuclear technicians and experts in preparation for the operation of nuclear energy plants in Viet Nam.

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