Tokyo hopes to support Vietnam in environmental protection, water drainage, athlete training, and education, which are all Japan’s strengths.

Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose said at his meeting with Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, on November 18 in the framework of the meeting of the Asian Network of Major Cities in the 21 st century (ANMC21) in Hanoi.

In the time to come, Tokyo is ready to organise seminars to seek ways to address air pollution in Hanoi, provide training for staff working in water drainage as well as highly qualified athletes to attend regional competitions, and seek to generate jobs for Vietnamese students in Tokyo.

Chairman Thao valued the long-lasting cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, and Hanoi and Tokyo in particular, especially when the Tokyo-initiated ANMC21 was set up.

He recommended a joint statement and memoranda of understanding on cooperation in the aforesaid four areas, saying they are all the most pressing issues facing the city.-VNA