Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Japanese Minister Hiroshi Hase (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Hiroshi Hase, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in Hanoi on May 4, describing education as the countries’ best cooperation realm.

He expressed his delight at the two countries’ signing of the strategic cooperation programme on education while highlighting the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan.

Educational collaboration has been brought to fruition, he said, noting that there are
increasing numbers of Vietnamese and Japanese students in each other’s country.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training inked agreements with 17 universities in Japan on support and tuition fee reduction for students. The two Governments have also actively carried out training programmes to help Vietnam have skilled manpower.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Japanese minister to press on with the strategic cooperation programme on education, supporting Vietnam in human resources development, boosting affiliation between the nations’ universities, and fostering the partnership in scientific research.

He considered the profound relationship between the two peoples a good condition for expanding their cultural ties.

On this occasion, the leader also expressed sympathy for Japan on the heavy damage caused by the recent earthquake. He highly values the Japanese people’s spirit during infrastructure rebuilding and life stabilisation.

At the meeting, Minister Hiroshi Hase informed the host about the education – training cooperation outcomes, adding that the application of the Japanese education model in Vietnam will be continued.

His country is ready to give training to Vietnamese doctors in cancer treatment using radiation therapy, which Japan has strength in. It will also work with the Southeast Asian nation to preserve old cultural publications, he said.

The official also conveyed PM Shinzo Abe’s invitation to his Vietnamese counterpart to visit Japan in the near future.-VNA