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Japan attaches importance to President Tran Dai Quang’s visit: Ambassador

Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Kunio Umeda has stated that Japan attaches importance to the upcoming State visit by President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse from May 29 – June 2 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

During an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency ahead of the President’s trip, the Ambassador said the visit will be the most important among over 100 events celebrating the bilateral relationship anniversary.

He affirmed that Japan and Vietnam share many strategic interests, and Vietnam is one of the trustworthy partners of Japan.

According to Umeda, Vietnam is grasping development opportunities and its sustainable development is linked to Japan’s national interests and certainly impacts regional stability and prosperity.

He added that the two countries’ ministries and agencies are making final preparations for the visit to produce good outcomes.

Asked about the prospects of bilateral ties in the near future, the Ambassador said trust between Japanese and Vietnamese leaders will be further strengthened via the visit.

In politics and security, bilateral maritime security collaboration has been reinforced. The two nations will intensify diverse cooperation activities under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy which is being promoted by Japan.

The Ambassador mentioned some key contents such as in strengthening capacity of legal enforcement at sea, visits by military vessels and cyber security.

In economic field, a large-scale investment conference will be held in Tokyo with the attendance of President Tran Dai Quang. A number of economic projects, economic cooperation and joint investment plans are expected to be announed during the event.

Umeda also said Japan wants to cooperate with Vietnam in upgrading infrastructure, personnel training in support of Vietnam’s administrative and financial reform.

The Japanese diplomat noted that nearly 260,000 Vietnamese people are living in Japan, adding that Japan appreciates Vietnamese young people’s support to the country amidst its population aging.

At the same time, he said many issues have arisen due to increasing number of Vietnamese students and trainees, and Japan wants to work closer with Vietnam to address those problems.