Vietnam boosts cooperation with Japanese prefectures hinh anh 1Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong (L) and Governor of Kagawa prefecture (Source: VNA)
Tokyo (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong has visited Kagawa and Tokushima prefectures in Shikoku region to beef up relations between Vietnam and these localities.

During his time in Kagawa, Cuong met with Governor Hamada Keizo, Assembly Chairperson Kuroshima Akira and his deputy Takata Yoshinori who all said they attach importance to developing partnership with Vietnamese localities.

The Kagawa leaders said they expect to welcome more Vietnamese coming to their prefecture for study and work.

Cuong pledged to support joint projects between Kagawa and Vietnamese localities in trade-finance, education and human resources.

Kagawa and the northern province of Hai Phong began cooperation in 2005. Governor Hamada Keizo made a visit to Ho Chi Minh City last year to seek partnerships and promote local potential.

In Tokushima, the diplomat met with Governor IzumiKamon to discuss collaboration opportunities in agriculture, tourism and human resources development.

He talked about Vietnam-Japan relations and socio-economic affairs in Vietnam with some local businesses, economic institutions and banks.

Cuongalso visited the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, the third biggest pharmaceutical group in Japan. Otsukaunveiled a plan to open its second plant in Vietnam.

Kagawa is the central hub of Shikoku region with a population of 970,000 and annual GDP of 3.914 trillion JPY (35.4 billion USD).

Meanwhile, Tokushimais home to about 755,000 people, with annual GDP reaching some 3.12 trillion JPY (28.2 billion USD). The prefecture is famous for agricultural produce and the Awa Dance Festival.-VNA