Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong  (L) and Governor of Mie Prefecture Eikei Suzuki (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong visited Mie and Shiga prefectures from October 11-13 to promote relations between Vietnam and Japanese localities.

In Mie, he met with Governor of Mie Prefecture Eikei Suzuki, the mayors of Yokkaichi and Matsuzana cities, head of the Federation of Mie Prefecture Chambers of Commerce and Industry and some local businesses.

Suzuki informed the Vietnamese diplomat of the sound relations between Mie and Vietnam, particularly after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to the locality while attending the expanded Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Japan in May.

As Vietnam has surpassed China and Thailand to become the top market of Mie enterprises, he said he will lead a delegation of more than 90 firms to Vietnam in November to seek business opportunities.

Ambassador Cuong pledged to support the delegation’s visit.

Visiting Yokkaichi, the largest seaport city in Mie, Cuong asked the city to transfer technology and train human resources in environmental treatment, in which it has experience.

Mayor of Yokkaichi city Mori Tomochiro agreed to support Vietnam in the field.

During his stay in Shiga prefecture, Cuong met with governor of the prefecture Mikazuki Taizo, deputy governor Toshie Ikenaga and heads of the local industrial, agricultural and tourism sectors. He briefed the Japanese officials on Vietnam’s socio-economic development policies and highlighted investment opportunities in Vietnam.

Mikazuki said that Shiga attached much importance to cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation, adding the prefecture has signed a cooperation deal with Ho Chi Minh City and will sign another with Quang Ninh soon.

On the occasion, Cuong also visited businesses in Mikazuki.-VNA