A training class for Vietnamese nurses (Photo:VNA)
Tokyo (VNA) – Japan wishes to enhance cooperation in health care and labour with Vietnam, Japanese Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said during a working session with Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong in Tokyo on December 7.

At the meeting, host and guest discussed measures to bolster future cooperation in these fields based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries’ health sectors in March 2014.

Under the MoU, the two sides will work together in some prioritised issues such as all-people health care, aging population, prevention and management of new contagious diseases and medical equipment, among others.

Japan is willing to share experience with Vietnam in training nutrition experts, the Japanese minister said, adding that over the past decades, the country has paid much attention to ensuring nutrition sufficiency for Japanese residents to increase labour productivity.

Regarding labour cooperation, Shiozaki said that the Japanese government is considering to extend internship and working duration for Vietnamese interns and workers, given that a line-up of enterprises want to receive additional labourers from Vietnam.

He affirmed that his Government will give further support in vocational training to Vietnam while asking the Southeast Asian country to make meticulous preparations for apprentices and workers selected to work in Japan in the coming time.

For his part, Ambassador Cuong assured that the Vietnamese Government, partners and businesses will expedite cooperation with Japan in the fields, bringing benefits to both nations.

According to statistics from Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, among 2.17 million foreigners studying and working in Japan (for a duration of three months and more), 124,800 come from Vietnam.-VNA