JAPF participated in the Celebrations for Lunar New Year of the Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

On the 16th of January, the Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam held its annual celebrations for the Lunar New Year. JAPF also received an invitation from the Consul General and participated in this event.
The event was well-visited by approx. 200 persons. The assembled participants consisted mainly of foreign diplomats, Vietnamese residents of Japan and representatives of companies doing Vietnam-related business.

The host and the sponsors held greeting speeches and a toast was proposed by the Chairman of the Japanese-Vietnamese Friendship Association of Sakai, Mr. Kato.

In his speech, Consul General Binh introduced the numbers of Vietnams ecological growth and put an emphasis on the long and deep friendship between Vietnam and Japan. He stated that in 2016, Vietnam was visited more than 740.000 times by Japanese tourists, accounting for a growth of 10,3% compared to 2015. On the other hand, in a period of 11 months in 2016, Japan was visited by more than 220.000 Vietnamese, accounting for a growth of as much as 26,1%.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe has just visited Vietnam for 3 days and the Emperor and his wife plan a visit to Vietnam in the beginning of March too. Concerning these Visits Consul General Binh said: “I am certain that official visits like this will lead to an even better exchange between both countries.”.

2017 will be a very important year for the Japanese-Vietnamese Relations. First, Vietnam will be hosting the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Leaders Meeting. It will also be the 20th anniversary of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Osaka. Moreover, can we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the friendship between the cities of Ho-chi-Minh and Sakai.

Ms. Hazama, deputy major of Sakai City also greeted the crowd and introduced a message form Major Takeyama.
Mr. Nishimura, Chairman of the Japanese-Vietnamese Friendship association of Kansai also held a speech, giving all the participants the feeling that there is much to look forward to in 2017.

Afterwards, the event continued in the style of a buffet party, where the participants freely exchanged themselves while eating traditional Vietnamese new year’s food and enjoying the traditional Vietnamese show program. The party ended in a peaceful and positive atmosphere.

JAPF will keep on cooperating with the Consulate General of Vietnam in Osaka, in 2017.