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PM hails Japanese Emperor's landmark visit

Released at: 10:14, 03/03/2017

PM hails Japanese Emperor's landmark visit

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Emperor and Empress's visit will create new momentum for business-to-business connections between Vietnam and Japan, PM believes.

by Quoc Uy

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on March 2, who are in Hanoi for their first-ever visit to Vietnam, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

PM Phuc described the visit as a significant and memorable landmark in bilateral ties between the two countries.

He expressed his delight at the vigorous, comprehensive and substantive development of the Vietnam-Japan friendship and cooperation, noting that the trip will help enhance their mutual understanding and cooperation in various spheres.

He thanked the Japanese royal family’s attention to Vietnam and the two countries’ partnership and amity. He also acknowledged the Japanese Government’s effective assistance to Vietnam, particularly in the economy, noting that Japan is now a leading economic and trade partner.

PM Phuc highly valued the role of and effective contribution by Japanese enterprises in Vietnam, adding that the Emperor and Empress’s visit will create new momentum for business-to-business connections in the time ahead.

For their part, the Emperor and Empress thanked the Vietnamese people for preserving Japanese relics in Hoi An ancient town and supporting the Japanese people to address the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

At the meeting, the two sides highlighted the historical links and cultural similarities between Vietnam and Japan, such as wet rice cultivation, sericulture, and the love of peace, which are a foundation in intensifying bilateral relations.

PM Phuc invited members of Japan’s royal family to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 2018. He also expressed his wish to meet the Emperor and Empress during his visit to Japan in the near future.

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