The executive board of Mimasaka's Japan – Vietnam Friendship Association pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – A Japan – Vietnam friendship association was established in Mimasaka city, Japan’s Okayama prefecture, aiming to help boost multi-dimensional cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese localities.

At its first congress convened on April 3, Takashi Norimoto, President of Mimasaka’s industry and trade association, was elected the Chairman of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Association of Mimasaka.

At the ceremony, Takashi Norimoto thanked the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka for active support to the friendship association’s inception. He stressed that the organisation’s members will do their utmost to solidify the cooperation, amity and all-faceted exchanges between Mimasaka and Vietnam.

Vietnamese Consul General Tran Duc Binh said he hopes the association’s active and practical activities will contribute to the intensification of mutual understanding and economic partnership between the city, as well as Japan, and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Seiji Hagiwara – Mayor of Mimasaka city – expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s achievements in national development and protection, while underlining the importance of tightened connections between the two sides.

He added that Mimasaka, the friendship association and the Consulate General is to display a statue of late President Ho Chi Minh at the city’s museum to introduce the great Vietnamese leader to local residents.

Mimasaka city is promoting multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam, especially in education – training, labour, economy and tourism. It also inked a cooperation agreement with the Da Nang University in April last year to boost training.-VNA