The Japanese Government has agreed to provide more than 817,600 USD in non-refundable aid to several Vietnamese localities with high rates of poor households.

According to the Japanese Embassy, Ambassador Hiroshi Fukada signed a range of contracts with the targeted localities on January 15, focusing on education and healthcare.

They include a project to provide health equipment to Thanh Hoa provincial eye hospital, a project to expand a health centre in Binh Bo commune, Phu Ninh district in the northern midland province of Phu Tho, and another to build a secondary school in Thai Phuc commune, Thai Thuy district, the northern province of Thai Binh.

Under the contracts, the Japanese side will also help the upgrade of several primary schools in the northern provinces of Hung Yen and Bac Giang. The assistance is expected to help improve education conditions at the schools.

Notably, the project to provide health equipment to the Thanh Hoa eye hospital will be supported by Tadashi Hattori, who has conducted free-of-charge operations to more than 10,000 patients in Vietnam over the past years.

The Japanese ambassador expressed his hope that the projects will bring into full play its efficiency in the time ahead and serve as a bridge tightening the partnership between the two countries.-VNA