More than 300 guests from Japanese political circles, organizations and businesses, along with members of the overseas Vietnamese community in Japan, gathered at the Vietnamese embassy in Tokyo on January 20 for a reception to celebrate Vietnam’s Lunar New Year Festival.
Among the guests at the function were former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, President of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance (JVFPA) Takebe Tsutomu, and Secretary General of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Alliance Toshiaki Koizumi.
In his speech, Vietnamese ambassador to Japan, Doan Xuan Hung, said he was delighted with the presence of Japanese friends and overseas Vietnamese who, in turn, praised the comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.
Vietnam and Japan have become important partners and close friends with each other, thanks to great efforts from the people in both countries including the Japanese and Vietnamese guests at the reception, said ambassador Hung.
The ambassador said he hopes bilateral cooperation will continue making great strides with exchanges in the lead up to the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations in 2013.
Vietnamese embassy staff will do their best to develop the relationship between the two sides. Vietnam also hopes to receive more cooperation and assistance from its Japanese friends, he added.
Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said he hopes the Japan-Vietnam relationship will continue to grown and flourish based on the experience and good feeling over the past 40 years.