Vietnam and 26 other member countries of the Asia Pacific Ladies Friendship Society (ALFS) sold their typical handicraft articles at a charity fair on Apr. 18 in Japan’s capital Tokyo to raise money for welfare activities and aid relief to natural disaster victims worldwide.

The event offered a good chance for regional women to exchange information, enhance knowledge and learn about the culture of other countries.

ALFS is an organisation under the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the aim to promote exchanges, enhance friendship and contribute to social welfare. The 500-member organisation gathers wives of former prime ministers, politicians and diplomats of Japan and wives of 27 Asian-Pacific ambassadors to Japan .

All proceedings from sales of goods at the fair will be sent to the society’s fund, and then be distributed among member countries for domestic charitable work.

In 2011, all the earned money was donated to people in Japan ’s Northeast who suffered from the severe earthquake and tsunami on Mar. 11, 2011.-VNA