General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi (R) and President and Editor-in-Chief of Japan’s Kyodo News Masaki Fukuyama sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi and President and Editor-in-Chief of Japan’s Kyodo News Masaki Fukuyama have shared their delight at the fruitful partnership between the two sides through the exchange of news, especially those related to Vietnam and Japan.

During their talks in Hanoi on April 12, Loi spoke highly of rapid and accurate news of Japan and the world Kyodo News has provided for the VNA over the past years.

He underscored that news products of Kyodo News are among important sources of world news used by the VNA as well as other media agencies in Vietnam.
He briefed his guest on the APEC Year 2017 hosted by Vietnam, affirming that the VNA is willing to provide Kyodo News with information of the event. The VNA leader expressed his hope that the Japanese press outlet will increase the publication of news related to Vietnam on the occasion.

The VNA leader also expressed his belief that the two sides will seek the effective sharing of experience in media production process as well as news exchange.

Masaki Fukuyama, who is in a working visit at the invitation of the VNA leader, said that Japan will host the Rugby World Cup 2019 as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 and the two sides agreed to cooperate closely in publishing news on the events.

Both sides will also keep each other updated on digital services and new technology, they concurred.

The guest introduced a number of major changes in Kyodo News recently, including four projects in digital news production and new services.

Along with supporting their respective correspondents, the two news agencies will also shared hope to expand and diversify news exchange in the coming time.

They held that news agencies in the world should strive to adapt to new media environment in the digital era. They expected that the exchange of experience will help both agencies overcome challenges and difficulties in the period.

The two leaders also agreed to support each other at regional and international media forums, especially the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).

The VNA and Kyodo News set up their relations in the late 1980s. Under their agreement, Kyodo News has supplied free Japanese and English news, and photos with English captions to the VNA, while the VNA has provided Vietnamese and English news, and photos with English captions to Kyodo News.

They have agreed to give each other necessary professional assistance, while signing deals on personnel training and multimedia communication development.

The Government-run VNA is now the media agency with the largest number of products and forms in Vietnam with more than 60 media products: bulletins, photos, dailies, weeklies, monthlies, magazines, pictorials, books, a TV channel, infographics, audio programmes, e-newspapers, and information programmes on mobile platforms and social networks.

The agency also delivers news in the largest number of languages. In addition to official Vietnamese-language news provided for domestic and foreign media outlets, stories for foreign services are written in English, Chinese, French and Spanish – not to mention print and e-newspapers in eight other foreign languages, the four above plus Lao, Korean, Japanese and Russian. This is why the VNA is now regarded as the most important Vietnamese external news centre.

The VNA maintains bilateral and multilateral partnerships with more than 40 international media organisations. It is a member of the OANA, the Non-Aligned News Agencies Pool (NANAP), and the ASEAN News Exchange (ANEX).-VNA