Historic town to host Hội An-Japan Culture Festival

National Assembly Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien (R) welcomes President of the Board of Audit of Japan Teruhiko Kawato on July 24 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien valued the cooperation between the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) and the Board of Audit of Japan while receiving a delegation of the Japanese board in Hanoi on July 24. Hien said the SAV, founded by the NA of Vietnam, operates independently and in line with law. It audits the management and use of public finance and assets, helping to ensure the transparency of the State’s financial activities and prevent corruption. Leaders of the Vietnamese parliament always create the best possible conditions for the SAV to perform its duties, he affirmed. He asked the two audit agencies to step up coordination in auditing joint projects of Vietnam and Japan and strengthen their ties within bilateral and multilateral frameworks. The NA Vice Chairman expressed his hope for more support from the Board of Audit so that the SAV can further engage in training activities of the Japanese side and the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI), and fulfill its role as a member of the ASOSAI Governing Board for 2015-2024 and the ASOSAI Chairman for 2018-2021. For his part, President of Japan’s Board of Audit Teruhiko Kawato said he believes the cooperation between the two countries, as well as between the SAV and his board, will continue developing, thus enhancing…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien valued the cooperation between the State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) and the Board of Audit of Japan while receiving a delegation of the Japanese board in Hanoi on July 24. Hien said the SAV, founded by the NA of Vietnam, operates independently in adherence with the law. It audits the management and use of public finance and assets, helping to ensure transparency of the State’s financial activities and prevent corruption. Leaders of the Vietnamese parliament always create the best possible conditions for the SAV to perform its duties, he affirmed. He asked the two audit agencies to step up coordination in auditing joint projects of Vietnam and Japan and strengthen their ties within bilateral and multilateral frameworks. The NA Vice Chairman expressed his hope for more support from the Board of Audits so that the SAV can further engage in training activities of the Japanese side and the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI), and fulfill its role as a member of the ASOSAI Governing Board for 2015-2024 and the ASOSAI Chairman for 2018-2021. For his part, President of Japan’s Board of Audit TeruhikoKawato said he believes the cooperation between the two countries, as well as between the SAV and his board, will continue to see positive development, thus enhancing the friendship and understanding between the Vietnamese and Japanese people. ... [read more]

Every year, Vietnam and Japan organise high-level exchange visits. In 2002, leaders of the two countries agreed to build Vietnam-Japan relations under the motto “reliable partnership and long-term sustainability”. During the visit to Vietnam in July 2004 by the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, the two countries signed a joint declaration working towards a new level of sustainable relationship. In October 2006, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid an official visit to Japan, beginning a new period of development under the motto “Towards strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia”. Japan has supported Vietnam’s renewal and open policies and assisted Vietnam in its efforts to join regional and international organizations, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the Asia Regional Forum (ARF), and lobbied the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to provide technical assistance to Vietnam. Vietnam supports Japan as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, while Japan is supporting Vietnam as a non-permanent member of the organization in the 2008-09 term. Japan is considered as Vietnam’s leading economic partner. The two countries have agreed to conduct formal negotiations on a bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from January 2007. Since 1999, Vietnam and Japan have given each other tax incentives. In the first seven months of 2006, total Vietnam-Japan trade turnover hit a new high of US$5.57 billion, an increase of 16.8 percent against the same period last year. Of the figure, Vietnam’s exports to…... [read more]

Addressing a workshop in Tokyo on October 10, Mr Furuta said that Japanese universities praise Vietnamese students for their hard work and eagerness to study. Vietnamese ambassador to Japan Nguyen Phu Binh highlighted significant contributions to the homeland made by Vietnamese students in Japan. He called on them to unite and support each other in their lives and study to make a greater contribution to Vietnam and the Vietnamese community in Japan as well. Delegates heard nearly 100 reports on the exchange of Vietnamese and Japanese students presented by speakers from Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, the Republic of Korea and Canada. At the workshop, Vietnamese students raised more than US$1,000 to support their compatriots in the central provinces who suffered heavily from the consequences of storm Ketsana two weeks ago.... [read more]

As a result, a Hiroshima University Centre will be established in Vietnam to increase co-operation in training and research as well as to promote student exchanges between the two countries. Vice director of the HCM City National University, Associate Professor Le Quang Minh, said that the programme will provide more opportunities for Vietnamese and Japanese students to study and for researchers to exchange experiences in findings and learning. The director of Hiroshima University, Toshimasa Asahara, said that in the near future, his university will co-operate with members of the HCM City National University to train students in economics, transport and medicine. Hiroshima is the leading Japanese state-owned university which specialises in economics and medicine and has 11 departments, 20 institutes and research centres, and four libraries.... [read more]

The event marked the 125th anniversary of Japan’s ChuO University and the 10th anniversary of a cooperation agreement between the two universities. The seminar drew experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Vietnam’s Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Education and Training. Speeches by Japanese and Vietnamese lecturers and students focused on the ecological environment, developing an ecological village, managing solid waste in urban areas, and coping with climate change. Several scientific reports by Japanese students were based on their own surveys in Hai Duong, Ha Giang and Son La provinces. Under the cooperation agreement between the two universities, the number of Japanese students studying and doing research at Vietnam’s National Economics University has increased by 30-40 students each year. Speakers said this is an effective cooperation model between the two universities as it offers a good chance for Vietnamese and Japanese students to exchange views on environmental issues which has arisen in a developed economy like Japan and in a developing nation like Vietnam. Universities’ directors said they will expand cooperation in other economic areas, organise more similar seminars and increase the exchange of their students.... [read more]

Deputy PM attends requiem for Japanese quake victims Japan disaster films screen in Hanoi Superior monk Yoshimizu Daiichi, who presides over the pagoda, said Japan has received consolation and financial support from many countries in the world, including Vietnam. The monk appreciated Vietnam’s spirit of mutual assistance between the haves and the have-nots and hoped that sutra prayers in both Vietnamese and Japanese will help the dead rest in peace forever. After the incense offering, Buddhist dignitaries and followers spent a minute of silence in commemoration of the tragic disaster’s victims. Tam Tri, a Vietnamese nun, who is studying at Nisshin Kutsu pagoda, said over the last year Vietnamese Buddhists have travelled to the devastated areas several times to comfort and support the bereaved. “We have passed down Buddha’s teachings of mercy and humanitarianism to the bereaved, hoping to ease their suffering,” said the nun. Nguyen Thi Kim Thu, who has been living in Japan for 32 years, said she has tried to do as much as she can to support local residents, because Japan is considered her second homeland. Thu said she has travelled to the affected areas to distribute necessities to locals. “I call on Vietnamese people around the globe to join hands to assist Japanese in distress to overcome this difficult time,” said Thu. Located in Tokyo, Nisshin Kutsu pagoda is considered a Vietnamese place of worship as most Vietnamese Buddhists came to the pagoda to practice their region. It sheltered many Vietnamese people when they fled…... [read more]

Addressing the event, Vietnamese ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung stressed that the Vietnamese Party and State define national industrialisation and modernisation an important political task to develop national economy. To meet this task, the Party and State pay special attention to attracting foreign investment and absorbing global advanced technology to speed up national industrialisation and modernisation, said Hung. He encouraged the Vietnamese experts to promote the dissemination and transfer of the state-of-the-art technology to Vietnam to serve national development. Vu Ngoc Minh, first secretary in charge of science and technology of the embassy, spoke of sci-tech cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, and incentives to attract intellectuals from Japan, with a special focus on human resource training. Prof. Tran Van Tho, a lecturer at Waseda University, said endowed with abundant natural and human resources as well as great development potential, Vietnam is able to cooperate with Japan in sci-tech transfer in various areas. He noted that despite being a big investor in Vietnam, total Japanese investment has yet to match this country’s economic power. He suggested that the Southeast Asian economy improve its investment environment and attraction to woo additional capital and technology from Japan. Dr Ho Tu Bao, who is working for the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, recommended that Vietnam should offer better working conditions to attract intellectuals overseas, including those from Japan. He also underlined the need to strengthen cooperation between universities and research institutes of the two countries to train qualified human resources for…... [read more]

Director of the Academy Huynh Van Trong said the institution aims to offer training programs to everyone and assist Japanese businesses operating in Vietnam. It will provide consultancy services to the training, promote exchanges of students and teachers between Vietnamese and Japanese schools, organise events to introduce Japanese education, and undertake research into the Japanese language and other fields of science and technology. The Academy, once named the Centre for Training and Researching Japanese Language, has conducted Japanese language courses for more than 2,000 students and can cite an established history of successfully running seminars with Japanese partners. The Academy’s previous incarnation also promoted cooperative relations with Japanese schools and institutions. It will continue to meet the demand for cultural, lingual, economic, and educational exchanges between the two countries.... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang acknowledged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s role in and devotion to nurturing the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership at a meeting in Hanoi on January 16. Welcoming Abe’s official visit to Vietnam, President Quang noted with satisfaction the strong, comprehensive and substantive development of the extensive strategic partnership with high political trust. Vietnam attaches importance to all-round cooperation with Japan and considers this a priority in its foreign policy, he said. He added his country warmly welcomes the first State visit by the Japanese Emperor and Queen and regards the trip as an important symbol of bilateral ties. Vietnamese agencies are working closely with the Japanese side to prepare for the visit. The host also repeated an invitation to PM Abe to attend the APEC Summit slated for November 2017 in Vietnam. He highly valued the outcomes of the talks between the Vietnamese and Japanese PMs, adding that the common perceptions they reached at this event will be a new driving force for the extensive strategic partnership. The two countries should maintain high-level visits and meetings, increase delegation exchanges between ministries, sectors and localities, and enhance people-to-people links, he noted. They should also bolster result-oriented cooperation in defence-security, such as the Japanese Government’s assistance to Vietnam to improve the capacity of its law enforcement force at sea. President Quang asked both sides to beef up partnership in investment, trade, ODA provision and in the fields they have potential in and can support each other…... [read more]




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