Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung has made a fact-finding tour of Ibaraki and some northeast prefectures to seek ways to promote cooperation between Vietnam and those localities.

In Ibaraki prefecture, a scientific-technological hub and a leading agricultural production centre of Japan , Ambassador Hung and his delegation on July 14 met with Governor Masaru Hashimoto, and the Ibaraki chapter of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association.
The Ibaraki Governor promised to boost cooperation with Vietnam , adding he will join hand with the local Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association to organise activities in the 2013 Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year, thus strengthening the relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Hung said he wants to increase the ties in economics, trade, investment and human resource training between Ibaraki and Vietnam , adding that he will do his best to help businesses from the prefecture to invest and do business in Vietnam .

The ambassador also visited a number of new technology research and development companies in the prefecture.

Earlier, Ambassador Hung had a working visit to northeastern prefectures which suffered from heavy losses caused by earthquake-tsunami disaster last year.

He met with the Governor of Fukushima prefecture, Yuhei Sato; the Mayor of Fukushima city, Takanori Seto; the Deputy Governor of Miyagi prefecture, Masahiro Wako; and the Vice Mayor of Sendai city, Nobuyoshi Inaba.

Apart from expressing friendship with local authorities and people in disaster-hit area, the diplomat affirmed that Vietnam is willing to do every thing it can to contribute to efforts to overcome the aftermaths of the twin disaster and the nuclear incident.

He praised Japan ’s advanced agriculture and said he hopes Japan increase cooperation in this field with Vietnam .

The Japanese local leaders thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their timely support, stressing that with the spiritual support and assistance from international friends, including Vietnam , and with their efforts, Japan will recover from the disaster’s consequences and enjoy further development.

They expressed their wish to promote cooperation in economics, trade, human resource training, people-to-people exchange with Vietnam , thus contributing to enhancing the two countries’ strategic partnership.

During the visit from July 12-14, the Vietnamese delegation visited a number of hardest-hit sites and met with the Fukushima chapter of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association.-VNA