Japan's prefecture supports Vietnamese workers, students hinh anh 1Nagasaki's Vice Governor Ken Hirata (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) -
The Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki has set up an office to assist Vietnamese in the locality with housing and employment, Vice Governor Ken Hirata has said.

He told the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that through its website, the prefecture has provided updates in Vietnamese regarding natural disasters as well as local landscapes and dining.

The Nagasaki-Vietnam Association will also help Vietnamese in issues relating to language, employment, and other difficulties they face in daily life, according to the Vice Governor.

Nagasaki is working to attract more Vietnamese students, he said, citing the establishment of the Goto Japanese Language School exclusively for Vietnamese students.  

Many have been employed by local companies after their studies in Nagasaki, according to Hirata.

He highlighted the time-honoured relations between Nagasaki and Vietnamese localities which, he said, dated back to the 17th century.

In October 2019, the Japanese prefecture and the central province of Quang Nam signed a memorandum of understanding on personnel cooperation. Apart from admitting Vietnamese trainees and workers, Nagasaki has partnered with Vietnamese universities in training nurses.

The prefecture has helped train Vietnamese athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Some 2,700 Vietnamese are living and studying in Nagasaki, with 180 being students, making it the largest foreign community in the prefecture.

Three Nagasaki universities have set up twinning relationship with Vietnamese counterparts./.