Last updated: Monday, April 24, 2017
Japanese Emperor’s Visit to Vietnam: Crucial to Lift Bilateral RelationPosted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The first ever visit to Viet Nam by a Japanese Emperor and Empress is a historical event of great significance to the two countries’ traditional relationship, press secretary of the Emperor Hatsuhisa Takashima told the Viet Nam News Agency.
In an interview granted to the Viet Nam News Agency ahead of the scheduled Viet Nam visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the press secretary highlighted the long-standing relations between Viet Nam and Japan, which dated back to the 16th century with the presence of the first Japanese street in Viet Nam.
The bilateral rapport is now at its best after undergoing historical ups and downs, he said, adding that the exchange of visits between the two countries’ leaders is important to reinforce their mutual trust and friendship.
Takashima noted that Viet Nam and Japan are carrying out a number of activities to tighten their amity.
He stressed that as the biggest aid provider for Viet Nam, Japan has been cooperating with the Southeast Asian country to support its development, citing as examples the donation of maritime patrol vessels for Viet Nam, the construction of the Viet Nam – Japan University, and the active operation of Japanese businesses in Viet Nam.
The effective bilateral cooperation in economics, human resources training and infrastructure improvement have contributed to the good relationship between the two countries, according to Takashima.
He said the Japanese Emperor and Empress were touched by the warm invitations from Vietnamese leaders, adding that the visit is one of the most-awaited visits for both people and political circles in both countries.