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Tokyo (VNA) – The Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association (JVFA) of Nishinomiya city debuted in the Japanese prefecture of Hyogo on July 22, with more than 200 distinguished guests in presence.

Speaking at the ceremony, JVFA President Ohta Hiroshi and Secretary General Sakai Hironori said the association will work as a bridge to increase mutual understanding and contribute to further boosting friendship between Hyogo prefecture’s localities with Vietnam in the fields of economy, politics, education-culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange.

Hironori said JFVA’s executive board and members, mostly business executives in Nishinomiya, will work closely with the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka to introduce Vietnam’s business potential and opportunities to Japanese firms, as well as increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges with Vietnamese partners.

He revealed that the JVFA is working with the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka to conduct a tour of Ho Chi Minh City from September 15-17, with 40-100 businesspeople taking part.

Vietnamese Consul General Tran Duc Binh, in his speech, expressed his belief that the association will contribute to increasing understanding, friendship and economic exchanges between Hyogo prefecture and Vietnamese localities.

Lying between Kobe and Osaka cities, Nishinomiya has a population of nearly 500,000.

The city’s enterprises are strong in industrial machinery manufacturing, energy-saving industry, which are actively strengthening ties with Vietnam across the fields of economy, trade, investment, education-training, labour and tourism.-VNA