Japanese writer honored for contribution to Vietnam

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Japanese writer Hiramastu Tomoko, author of a major biography of one of Vietnam's most prominent war heriones, was presented the Insignia of Nations' Peace and Friendship for her years of noble deeds for Vietnam.


The honor was handed over by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) at a celebration in Hanoi yesterday.


The 60-year-old writer and journalist has also been a member of the Japan Vietnam Council for Peace and Friendship (JVPF) since 2005.


Tomoko shot to fame in Vietnam upon the release of her book about Nguyen Thi Binh, Vietnam's first female Vice President.


The book, titled "Nguyen Thi Binh - Woman Who Changed the World," was first conceived in 1969, the first time Tomoko saw Binh, who represented Vietnam at the Paris conference, on the television.  


"I had a big impression of the Vietnam War, especially the Gulf of Tonkin issue, since I was 23. I also took part in many strikes against the Vietnam war in Japan at that time," Binh told Thanh Nien.

"The courageous image of Binh I saw on the television gave me a strong belief that Vietnam would be the winner, for sure." 


Tomoko said it was her great happiness and honor to write something about the Vietnamese heroine and meet Binh three times.

Tomoko said she uses the profits from her book to support Vietnamese Agent Orange/dioxin victims.


"I am willing to do more, within my means, to help the local AO/dioxin victims and fight for justice in this beautiful country."


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