Japanese locality leader lauds Vietnam’s success in COVID-19 control hinh anh 1At the reception (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – Governor of Gunma Prefecture of Japan Ichita Yamamoto showed his admiration for Vietnam’s success in controlling COVID-19 pandemic and said he hopes to learn from the country in the field while meeting Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam during a concert at Takasaki opera house on December 5.

He said that he hopes foreigners, including Vietnamese, in the locality will join hands in fighting the pandemic.

The Governor expressed his delight at the expansion of economic, cultural and education cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, noting that Prime Minister Suga has recently chosen Vietnam as the destination for his first tour abroad after taking the office.

For his part, Ambassador Nam lauded Gunma’s initiative of organizing the Gunma-Vietnam Week online, including the music concert. He affirmed that the event demonstrated the development of the relations between Vietnam and the Japanese locality despite the pandemic’s impacts.

He noted that in early January this year, Vietnam welcomed the largest-ever delegation with 1,000 members from Japan for economic, cultural and tourism exchange. In October, PM Suga visited Vietnam, during which the two sides reached many important agreements.

The Vietnamese diplomat thanked the authorities of Gunma for supporting the Vietnamese community in the locality after the pandemic broke out.

The concert, themed “connecting the world with music” was held online as the final event of the virtual Gunna-Vietnam Week in 2020, which aimed to strengthen the mutual understanding between people of Vietnam and Gunma and Japan as a whole.

On the framework of the week, many events were held, including an online conference on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SGD), and an online culinary exchange when Vietnamese dishes were made from materials made in Gunma./.