10:14 | 21/04/2017 Events
Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Nakamura Norimichi, Japanese Governor of Nagasaki Prefecture, who led a business delegation from the prefecture visiting Vietnam on April 20.
Expressing his pleasure to meet again with Governor Nakamura and many members of the delegation, PM Phuc emphasised that they are close friends of Vietnam and had visited to the Southeast Asian country many times to seek and expand opportunities for cooperation and investment.
The PM said that Vietnam and Japan have a centuries-long relationship, and on that basis the two countries have established a strategic partnership that few countries in the world have.
The government leader urged his guest to step up cooperation with Quang Nam Province in the central region and other parts of Vietnam, particularly in areas such as automobile manufacturing and shipbuilding.
For his part, Governor Nakamura said that since 2015 Nagasaki Prefecture has organised a delegation of 100 provincial businesses to visit Vietnam and since then many Japanese delegations have visited Vietnam to attend cultural events such as Japanese festivals in Hoi An, as well as seeking opportunities for cooperation and investment with local enterprises and localities in the country.
In 2016, the Japanese locale also invited 30 Vietnamese students from Ho Chi Minh City to a home-stay exchange in Nagasaki. The prefecture has a very close relationship with Quang Nam and plans to invite a delegation from Quang Nam to visit Nagasaki in 2017, Governor Nakamura added.
Recalling the marriage of Princess Ngoc Hoa in the Nguyen Dynasty to Araki Soutaro, a Japanese businessman in Hoi An more than 400 years ago, considered a legend in Nagasaki, Governor Nakamura said that the marriage was represented as a lively expression of the durable relationship between the two countries and Quang Nam and Nagasaki as well.
Governor Nakamura also expressed his sincere thanks to Vietnam for considering Nagasaki as a training ground for Vietnamese athletes in preparations for the upcoming 2020 Olympics.