ASEAN-Japan youth ship arrives in Ho Chi Minh City

By Khanh An, Thanh Nien News

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The Philippine delegate performs a flag cheer while getting ashore from the youth exchange ship Nippon Maru at the Ho Chi Minh City's Cat Lai Military Port on November 17, 2015. Photo credit: Ho Chi Minh Youth Union The Philippine delegate performs a flag cheer while getting ashore from the youth exchange ship Nippon Maru at the Ho Chi Minh City's Cat Lai Military Port on November 17, 2015. Photo credit: Ho Chi Minh Youth Union

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The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) carrying 322 representatives from Japan and 10 ASEAN countries has arrived in Ho Chi Minh City for a five-day visit starting on Tuesday.
Members of the 42th program organized by the Cabinet Office of Japan and governments of Southeast Asian countries has made a courtesy call on the city leader and exchange activities with the city youths.
The youth delegates will visit popular tourist destinations in HCMC and joined in home-stay program at 157 host families around the city.
Vietnam was the third port of call for this year’s voyage after Japan and Philippines. The next destinations will be Malaysia and Myanmar after the ship leaves Vietnam on November 21.
SSEAYP, first held in 1974, aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of the 11 countries, to broaden their perspectives on the world, and strengthen the spirit of international cooperation.
Vietnam has joined the program since 1995. So far the ship had visited the country 14 times.

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