Vietnam-Japan culture exchange opened in Hai Phong hinh anh 1Delegates to Vietnam-Japan Culture Exchange contemplate Japanese cherry blossoms (Source: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) – The Vietnam-Japan Culture Exchange kicked off in the northern city of Hai Phong on March 24, as part of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The event, together with the ongoing Japanese cherry blossoms exhibition displaying nearly 10,000 sakura branches transported from Japan by air, is expected to help introduce Japan’s culture to Hai Phong locals, enhance mutual understanding and trust between the two sides, and promote diplomatic, investment and tourism ties between Hai Phong and Japanese localities.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Tung said that Hai Phong is currently setting up ties with six Japanese localities.

The city has 134 Japanese-invested projects worth 4.31 billion USD, accounting for 30 percent of total foreign direct investment in the city.

Japan has also provided official development assistance for many important projects in Hai Phong, including Binh bridge and Tan Vu-Lach Huyen bridge and road, Hai Phong International Port, stated Tung.

Earlier, a seminar on investment and tourism promotion was organised, with seven memoranda of understanding on investment cooperation worth over 30 million USD inked.-VNA