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Tokyo (VNA) – A Friendship Association between Vietnam and Japan’s Gifu prefecture was set up on February 1 with the aim to bolster bilateral ties.

Speaking at the event in Gifu, the Japanese prefecture’s Governor Furuta Hajime said that the establishment of the association reflected the locality’s determination to intensify comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam.

The governor said that he was impressed by the hospitality and the reforms that he witnessed during his visit to the Southeast Asian country in July 2015.

He also appreciated how leaders of several Vietnamese localities and enterprises had sought out cooperation opportunities with his prefecture.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong pledged that the embassy will work with the association and Gifu authorities in boosting a bilateral multi-faceted relationship.

The diplomat and the governor discussed specific plans for 2016, including organising visits to Vietnam to seek cooperation and investment opportunities.

Ambassador Cuong also had a working session with Takashi Tsuchiya, President of the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank (OKB), who said that many customers of the bank are interested in investing in Vietnam, particularly in industry, agriculture and forestry.

The OKB wishes to intensify cooperation with Vietnam in human resources development, he added.-VNA