The Vietnam Youths and Students Association (VYSA) in Japan convened its congress for the 2011-2012 tenure in Tokyo on January 16.

The gathering saw the participation of the Vietnamese Embassy’s Cultural Counsellor Do Van Trung and hundreds of Vietnamese young people who are working and studying in Japan.

Addressing the event, VYSA Kanto’s Chairman Do Ba Duc said VYSA Kanto, as the VYSA’s key branch in Japan, frequently carried out a wide range of activities last year, including a job fair and a football competition, as well as a charity music festival in October to raise over 335,000 JPY (4,000 USD) for poor students.

These activities have helped to boost solidarity between the young Vietnamese community in Japan and friendship between the two countries while promoting Vietnam’s image, said Chairman Duc.

Counsellor Do Van Trung stressed on the significance of humanitarian activities launched by VYSA, to not only overseas Vietnamese in Japan but also the poor and children in their homeland.

He also called on Vietnamese students in Japan to study hard and learn from Japan’s experiences to develop their country.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy presented certificates of merit to outstanding young people who have actively contributed to the association’s operations.

The congress announced the members of its new executive board for the 2011-2012 term, with Nguyen Ngoc Tu as the chairperson.

The VYSA will expand its activities to support Vietnamese young people in Japan and to bolster solidarity amongst the community as well as mutual understanding between the people’s of both countries.

Since its inception in 2001, VYSA, with 14 branches across Japan, has conducted a broad spectrum of projects to support young Vietnamese people and students living in Japan./.