At the welcome ceremony (Source: VNA)
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held separate meetings with several Japanese corporate executives in Tokyo on September 16.

Kuniharu Nakamura, President of the 400-year-old Sumitomo Corporation – which invests in industrial parks Thang Long I in Hanoi, Thang Long II in Hung Yen and Thang Long III in Vinh Phuc, said the conglomerate has been working across diverse areas in Vietnam and is likely to scale up its operations there.

The Party chief wished the corporation would choose Vietnam as a priority investment destination and pledged to provide all possible support.

President of Mitsubishi Corporation Ken Kobayashi also asked for more assistance for its business in Vietnam, which been a part of dozens of projects since 1990 in oil and gas, automobile assembly, steel, plastics, electricity and the construction of industrial parks and airports

The Vietnamese leader urged the corporation to develop further and continue expanding its operations in Vietnam, ultimately contributing to the Vietnam-Japan ties.

Vietnam will continue streamlining administrative procedures, improving the workforce quality and upgrading infrastructure, making it easier for Mitsubishi to do business in the country, he assured.

Meeting President and Chief Executive Officer of Taisei Corporation Yamauchi Takashi, the Party leader hailed Taisei’s positive impacts on Vietnam and hoped it would launch more projects for the sake of Vietnam as well as the two economies.

Since it opened a representative office in Vietnam in 1983, Taisei has been working as a contractor of major initiatives funded by Japan’s official development assistance and formed a joint-venture called Vinata with Vinaconex.

In a dialogue with President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Omiya Hideaki, the General Secretary reviewed the outcomes of his talks with senior Japanese leaders, saying that both sides agreed to strengthen economic connections across strategies, production capability and human resources.

He welcomed and appreciated Mitsubishi’s expansion in Vietnam and human resources and technology transfer assistance.

Hideaki, for his part, vowed to recommend solutions to improve the economic efficiency of the Ninh Thuan II nuclear power plant and extend Mitsubishi’s operations to other areas.

The group will also help Vietnam build infrastructure and strengthen personnel training cooperation through scholarship provisions, he added.

Later the day, General Secretary Trong met with the embassy staff and Vietnamese nationals in Japan.

During his stay, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat received Tsutomu Takebe, Special Advisor to the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance.

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang met Chairman of the Vietnam Friendship Association in Japan Utsuda Syoei.-VNA