Japan aims to cooperate more effectively with Vietnam and ASEAN
Consul General of Japan in Da Nang, Mr. Yakabe Yoshinori (center left), met with the Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the People's Council of Binh Dinh Province Ho Quoc Dung on December 20, 2022. (Source: People's Committee of Binh Dinh province)
Consul General Yakabe Yoshinori said that the Consulate General of Japan in Da Nang is located in Da Nang city - an economic center of Central Vietnam - with a consular area including nine provinces and cities from Quang Binh province to Binh Dinh province and Gia Lai province.
In its relationship with Japanese localities, Da Nang City has signed friendly cooperation agreements with Japanese localities such as Yokohama, Kawasaki, Kisarazu, and Sakai provinces. Recently, Da Nang City has also actively interacted with Kanagawa and Wakayama provinces.
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In addition, there are also exciting exchange activities between Quang Nam province and Nagasaki province, Thua Thien Hue province, and Kyoto and Gifu province. The localities of both sides have been cooperating in areas such as investment - trade, and training - dispatching human resources.
Consul General Yakabe Yoshinori commented that Vietnam continues to get attention from Japanese businesses wishing to invest abroad. In particular, the central region of Vietnam, especially Da Nang City, is gradually receiving much attention from Japanese companies as a new investment destination because land rental costs are low in this cluster of locations. The industrial parks are more attractive and human resources are more accessible than in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
In particular, in Da Nang City and Thua Thien Hue province, there is a key regional university system of the country, including Da Nang University and Hue University, with the capacity of training many high-quality human resources compared to other provinces in the area. Meanwhile, developing and ensuring high-quality human resources is one of the factors that Japanese businesses pay the most attention to.
The 19th Hoi An - Japan cultural exchange in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, August 2023. (Source: Vietnam Government Postal)
Therefore, the Consulate General of Japan in Da Nang is taking advantage of various opportunities to introduce the strengths and advantages of the Central region to the Japanese business community. In addition, to support the development of high-quality human resources, the Consulate General of Japan is also actively supporting the expansion of Japanese language education at regional universities.
Mr. Yakabe said that to continue to strengthen the more effective cooperative relationship in the coming time between Japan and Vietnam, it is essential that "both Japan and Vietnam need to properly recognize and understand each other, including views on past historical events."
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Consul General of Japan in Da Nang Yakabe gave an example: during the resistance war against the French by the Vietnamese Army and People after World War II, about 700 former Japanese soldiers did not return home but stayed in Vietnam and joined the Viet Minh Army (Vietnamese Arm Force). These soldiers spared no blood, contributing to Vietnam's struggle for independence in the Central region of Vietnam.
However, Mr. Yakabe emphasized that there is a current reality that these historical events are not known to the younger generation of Vietnam. The Consul General noted that the Japan - Vietnam relationship needs to be developed in the future, but also for that reason, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam, we also need to carefully record historical events, especially the recent history of Japan-Vietnam relations.
Consul General of Japan in Da Nang, Mr. Yakabe, hopes the traditional friendly relationship between Japan and Vietnam will be more developed and more practically strengthened through recognizing, understanding, and recording historical events of the two countries in the future.