The Japanese edition of the memoirs “Family, friends and country” written by former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh was made public in Tokyo on August 6 by a group of Japanese translators from the Coal Sack Publishing Company (CSPC).

As a meaningful activity to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties, the publication provides international friends with a change to learn more about the life and political career of Madame Binh, who was the first female Foreign Minister of Vietnam and the Head of the negotiation delegation of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam at the peace talks in Paris.

The volume also introduced readers a true image on the resilient nation of Vietnam and her people in their country’s national liberation struggles.

Japan’s former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama wrote in the front page of the book that not only Vietnam’s friends who desired peace for the country in the past anti-war movement but also young peace-lovers all over the world should read the memoirs.

The same day, the CSPC also launched a collection of 105 poems written by Vietnamese famous poets and historical celebrities as well as 70 Japanese poets.

Written in Japanese, Vietnamese and English, the 631-page volume is full of historical stories about Vietnam’s glorious achievements in its national founding and defence.

It reflects the aspiration for independence and freedom of the Vietnamese nation, a truth that was affirmed in the Declaration of Independence by President Ho Chi Minh.-VNA