The Kizuna Ekiden Relay Run for Traffic Safety 2018 takes place right in the heart of Hanoi on November 18. (Photo: baodautu.vn)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The Kizuna Ekiden Relay Run for Traffic Safety 2018 was held right in the heart of Hanoi jointly by the Ministry of Public Security and the Mainichi Shimbun Group of Japan on November 18.

Attending the opening ceremony of the event, which came within the framework of the activities to mark the 45the anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan, were representatives of the ministry, the Japanese embassy, the Japanese police, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the municipal People’s Committee, and the Mainichi Shimbun Group, among others.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Van Thanh stressed that over the years, the relations between Vietnam and Japan have been unceasingly developing intensively, extensively and effectively. This can be seen in various aspects such as politics, economy, culture, national defence – security, he said.

The official described this event as one of great significance on this occasion, as it created a chance for the police and enterprises of the two countries to enhance their cultural and sport exchanges, thus consolidating and strengthening their solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding.

Thanh held that the holding of the event right on the day of the world’s remembrance of the victims of traffic accidents helps popularize the need to abide by the traffic law, as well as improve the sense of responsibility of the forces in ensuring traffic safety and order.

Participants from the two countries competed in a 14km relay around the Hoan Kiem Lake, and the organizing board gave away many prizes.-VNA