At the planting ceremony (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Beautiful Japanese cherry trees were planted at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics in Hanoi on February 24.

The trees were presented by the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Association’s chapter in the Chukyo region of Japan.

Director General of the Academy Ta Ngoc Tan said the cherry is not only the symbol of Japan but also of friendship between the country and peace-loving friends around the world, including Vietnam.

He added that many Vietnamese people love Japanese cherries as they love Japanese culture and its people.

The presence of this tree at the academy illustrates the friendship and all-around cooperation between the two countries and peoples, he said.

Consul at the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam Jimbo Satoshi said he hopes the cultivation of Japanese cherries in Vietnam will help to develop friendly bilateral relations.

President of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association’s chapter in Chukyo region Maeda Toshimichi said the Japanese project to grow cherries in Vietnam has been on-going since 2012, and so far around 2,500 trees have been presented to the Southeast Asian country.-VNA