At a reception in Hanoi on February 16 for a delegation from the Japanese prefecture of Gunma led by Governor Masaaki Osawa, the NA leader expressed her wish that the two countries’ friendship parliamentary groups will actively facilitate the exchange of delegations between localities and further promote ties between Vietnamese and Japanese parliamentarians.
She told the delegates that Vietnam is preparing for the upcoming visit by the Japanese Emperor and Empress which will help enforce ties between the two nations.
As the extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia between the two countries is making great strides, the prefecture businesses’ and parliamentarians’ visits to Vietnam to explore opportunities are seen as practical contributions to fostering ties between the two peoples, Ngan said, adding that she wishes localities will further enhance their cooperation ties.
The top legislator asked the Gunma Governor to make it easier for the reception of more Vietnamese technical trainees to the prefecture.
Nearly 3,000 Vietnamese people are currently living and working in Gunma, including 1,088 trainees.
Osawa, in turn briefed his host that Gunma has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to boost bilateral relations and worked with authorities of Ho Chi Minh City to bolster ties between their business communities.
In 2016, seven Gunma firms started their operations in Vietnam, raising the total number of Gunma businesses in Vietnam to 27.
He also suggested a detailed plan to help more Vietnamese trainees work for Japanese businesses in Vietnam after they return home.