Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) and Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Nagoya city of Aichi prefecture Professor Nagato Natsume (Photo: hcmcpv.org.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City and Japan’s Aichi prefecture should accelerate cooperation in such potential sectors as engineering industry, electronics, information and technology (IT) and plastic chemistry, said Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.

Hosting a reception for Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Nagoya city of Aichi prefecture Professor Nagato Natsume on December 28, Phong hailed the Japanese locality’s plan to open its trade office in Ho Chi Minh City, open a direct flight connecting Nagoya city with the Vietnamese southern hub, and establish an umbilical cord blood bank at Tu Du hospital.

He said that the move helps bolster trade and cultural exchange as well as develop tourism, particularly medical tourism.

The HCM City leader took the occasion to thank Nagato Natsume, who is also Director of the Japanese Cleft Palate Foundation, for his help for Vietnamese children with cleft palate, blindness and blood cancer.

He expressed his hope that in the role as the Honorary Consul of Vietnam, Nagato Natsume will continue his efforts to enhance the relations between Vietnam and Japan in general and Ho Chi Minh City and Aichi prefecture in particular.

The Japanese guest, for his part, said that he will work to enhance and carry out collaborative programmes, especially those in economy, labour cooperation, citizen protection, education and healthcare, between the two localities in an effective manner.

Many Vietnamese students are living and pursuing study in Aichi while the prefecture is in need of young human resources with great capacity to work at its enterprises and factories, he stressed.

Currently, there are some 200 businesses from Aichi investing in Vietnam, and some 23,000 Vietnamese people are working and studying in the Japanese locality.-VNA