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Special Toyota Concert marks 45 years of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties

The Special Toyota Concert 2018 will take place at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi on July 13 as part of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

The programme will be jointly organised by Toyota Motor Vietnam and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO), aiming to enhance culture and music exchange between the two countries.

The concert will be conducted by Japanese conductor Testuji Honna and feature performances by talented cello soloist Miyata Dai of Japan and Vietnamese artists.

This is the 21st edition of the annual Toyota Concert funded by Toyota Vietnam Foundation, which was first held in 1998.

Vietnam - Japan bilateral relationship is now at its best time in history since the establishment of diplomatic relationship 45 years ago. Senior leaders of the two sides have maintained regular visits and meetings at international and regional forums.

Japan has been the leading economic partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade revenue reaching 33.4 billion USD in 2017, a rise of 16.8 percent over 2016. In the first three months of 2018, the figure reached 8.7 billion USD, up 15.7 percent over the same period last year.

In 2017, Japanese investment in Vietnam hit a record high at 9.11 billion USD, making it the biggest investor in Vietnam. As of March 2018, Japan has run 3,693 FDI projects in Vietnam worth 49.839 billion USD, ranking second in 116 countries and territories investing in Vietnam.

So far, Japan has been the biggest ODA provider of Vietnam, focusing on infrastructure building, competitiveness enhancement, high-quality human resource training and climate change, greatly contributing to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

Bilateral partnership in security-defence, agriculture, education-training, and labour have also been fruitful. People-to-people exchange, cultural and tourism affiliation have seen strong development.