Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung has hailed the Japan-Vietnam Peace and
Friendship Promotion Council (JVPF) for its contributions to promoting relations between the two governments and peoples.

At an annual meeting to review the JVPF’s activities in the 2011 fiscal year in Tokyo on May 26, Hung highlighted JVPF’s assistance to Vietnam, saying it has built a centre designed for children as Agent Orange victims in the northern province of Thai Binh, a Japanese language teaching school named Muruayama in Ho Chi Minh City and held a series of cultural and sports exchange activities.

Hung praised the JVPF for organising a charity concert to raise funds for Japanese disaster victims and inviting the Vietnamese Lotus Dance Troupe to perform in northeastern Japan last October.

He also said he hopes the JVPF will work closely with the Vietnamese side to celebrate the 40 th anniversary of Vietnam – Japan diplomatic ties by 2013.

JVPF President Jomiichi Murayama said he believes Vietnam will strongly develop and become a key ASEAN member, adding that the close relations between the two countries will not only bring mutual benefits but also contribute to peace, development and prosperity in the region.

Murayama added that he will lead a group of 30 students from Meiji University to Hanoi to perform in a September concert this year.

JVPF was established in October 1999 to promote exchange and mutual understanding between the
Vietnamese and Japanese people.-VNA