Japanese Emperor Akihito. (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations and the municipal Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association co-held on December 8 a get-together to celebrate the birthday of Emperor Akihito (December 23).

Japan’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Nakajima said the relations between Ho Chi Minh City and Japan have been strengthened in a practical manner through visits by local officials and people-to-people exchange activities.

Nakajima noted that the first visit to Vietnam by the Emperor and the Empress in the coming time will create a great driving force to intensify the two countries’ strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.   
Nguyen Cong Tanh, President of the municipal Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association, said exchange activities held between students and people of Ho Chi Minh City and Japanese localities have promoted mutual understanding, solidarity, friendship and cooperation.

Japan is currently an important partner of Ho Chi Minh City in economy, trade, investment, culture, and education.

It has provided a significant source of ODA for the City’s urban transport and water environment sanitation.

Japan ranked sixth among countries and territories investing in Ho Chi Minh City, with a total investment of over 3 billion USD.-VNA