Vietnamese association in Japanese locality receives Miyanichi award hinh anh 1At the awarding ceremony (Photo: VNA)
Tokyo (VNA) – The Vietnamese Association in Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture has just been awarded the Miyanichi Prize for international exchange by the Miyanichi Newspaper, for its great contributions to promoting the friendship between the Japanese locality and Vietnam.

According to the Miyanichi Newspaper, the Vietnamese Association in Miyazaki has organized and participated in many cultural activities, and it also serves as a bridge to promote friendly relationship between Miyazaki prefecture and Vietnam.

The association has supported Vietnamese expats living, studying and working in Miyazaki, through holding exchanges, giving help in translation and interpretation, and popularizing information about COVID-19 prevention and disaster warning.

In particular, in the landslide caused by the typhoon No.10 in 2020 in Shiiba village, the association launched a campaign to raise funds for supporting the families of two Vietnamese trainees killed in this disaster, collecting over 1.6 billion VND (over 69,000 USD).

Miyanichi is an annual prize awarded by the Miyanichi Newspaper to organizations and individuals that have outstanding contributions to Miyazaki prefecture in the fields of economy, science, culture and society, education and international exchange.

In 2021, the Miyanichi Newspaper presented nine awards to two individuals and seven organisations. The Vietnamese Association in Miyazaki was the only foreign organization receiving this award this year.

The Vietnamese Association in Miyazaki officially made its debut on October 16, 2021. However, the board for campaigning and preparing for the formation of the association was set up at the end of 2019. The board organized many activities such as translating the life guide of Miyazaki prefecture’s authority into Vietnamese, holding football tournaments, raising funds to support disadvantaged Vietnamese people, providing medical advices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and organising Japanese and Vietnamese language classes./.