Fukuroi, Hue boost cultural, educational ties

The Chairman of the Fukuroi City Council, Katsumi Nagata, led a delegation on a working visit to the central city of Hue from April 18-20.

At the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to increase bilateral cooperation, especially in culture and training.

Accordingly, Fukuroi will strengthen relations with schools in Hue which teach Japanese for their students.

Both cities promised more cooperative agreements in the next year to mark the 40 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan.

On the occasion, the delegation visited the memorial sites of the late nationalist Phan Boi Chau and joined a cultural exchange there.

Katsumi noted the foundation for the Hue-Fukuroi relationship was created more than 100 years ago, when Chau sent some outstanding Vietnamese youths to Japan to study as part of the Dong Du (Visit the East) Movement in 1905-1908.

During hard times, the Movement received great support from Japanese Doctor Asaba Sakitaro who had a radical spirit.

After returning to his homeland, Chau visited Japan again to express his gratitude to his benefactor, but unfortunately the doctor had passed away.

To commemorate Asaba, the Vietnamese nationalist then built a stone stele in Umeda village, Fukuroi City.

Later, the Asaba Vietnam Association was founded and since then many activities have been held to support both countries’ education and training development.

Recently, a number of businessmen and individuals in Umeda village have raised funds to erect a stone stele to mark the friendship between the two cities in the memorial site.