Japanese Emperor Akihito (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong sent a letter of greetings to Japanese Emperor Akihito on the occasion of his 85th birthday (December 23).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cabled a congratulatory message to his counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Also on the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh extended greetings to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic ties on September 21, 1973, heralding a new era in their relations.-VNA