Then General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Do Muoi (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama during his official visit to Japan from April 18 to 19, 1995 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Embassy of Japan in Hanoi held a ceremony on December 4 to posthumously present the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to the late General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Do Muoi.

Guests at the ceremony included Pham Minh Chinh, member of the CPVCC Politburo, Secretary of the CPVCC, head of the CPVCC’s Commission for Organisation and President of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, and representatives from the family of the late Party leader.

The Government of Japan on November 9, 2018 announced a decision dated October 1, 2018 on the conferment of the noble decoration to late Party General Secretary Do Muoi.

[Photos feature activities of former Party General Secretary Do Muoi]

The decision noted that after Japan resumed aid to Vietnam in 1992, Do Muoi, who was Chairman of the Council of Ministers (now Prime Minister) and General Secretary of the CPV from 1988 to 1997, paid the first State visit to Japan as General Secretary of the CPV, thus laying the foundation for the Japan-Vietnam ties.  

During 1996-2001, the late Party leader dedicated himself to the study on the Economic Development Policy in the Transition toward a Market-oriented Economy in Vietnam (the Ishikawa Project), contributing to promoting economic ties between the two countries and laying a firm foundation for the Japan-Vietnam economic partnership later on.

Do Muoi, born on February 2, 1917, passed away on October 1, 2018.-VNA