Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (L) received Governor Yuji Kuroiwa of Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture in Hanoi on November 16 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has proposed that Japan and Kanagawa prefecture create favourable conditions for Japanese and Vietnamese businesses to strengthen investment partnership and implement economic and cooperation activities in other fields, especially creative industry, agriculture, education and training.

Receiving a delegation from Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture led by Governor Yuji Kuroiwa in Hanoi on November 16, the Vice President noted that the Vietnam-Japan relationship is growing strongly and practically in many fields, with strong political trust and expanded cooperation among localities.

Vietnam always considers Japan as its leading economic partner, she stated, noting that Japan is also the largest ODA provider and the second biggest foreign investor in Vietnam.

She said that the results have great contributions by localities of both sides, including Kanagawa. Currently, over 16,000 Vietnamese people are living, studying and working in the prefecture.

Vice President Thinh congratulated Yuji Kuroiwa on receiving the Friendship Order of Vietnam, which recognizes his contributions to the strengthened Vietnam-Japan ties.

She said Vietnam pledges to create optimal conditions for enterprises from Japan and Kanagawa to invest in Vietnam, expressing her hope that Japan and Kanagawa prefecture will support the Vietnamese community in Japan.

For his part, Yuji Kuroiwa said that his entourage includes 26 local businesses who are interested in investing in Vietnam. Highlighting Vietnamese workers’ working attitude, he affirmed that Kanagawa will back Vietnamese guest workers, while supporting local firms to invest in Vietnam.

He showed strong support to collaboration between Vietnam and Japan, vowing to work harder to promote the bilateral partnership.

Kanagawa, the second largest locality in Japan after Tokyo, has exerted efforts to foster the Vietnam-Japan ties. Kanagawa has set up partnership with many Vietnamese localities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Can Tho and Quang Ninh in various fields of economy, trade, education-training, culture, and people-to-people exchange.

Since 2015, Kanagawa has organised the Vietnamese Festival annually. This year, the event, on September 8-9, drew over 400,000 visitors. A Vietnam water puppetry art troupe was sent to perform at the event.

A Kanagawa Festival will be held in Hanoi for the first time soon.-VNA