Vietnam President to visit Japan, give speech at Diet

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Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will start his four-day visit to Japan on March 16. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang will visit Japan March 16-19 for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He will deliver a speech at the Japanese House of Representatives on this occasion.

Sang will also have a state dinner with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Hideo Suzuki, Charge d'affaires at the Japanese embassy in Hanoi, told a press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday.
Sang and Abe are expected to discuss fostering cooperation in many fields including trade, investment, official development assistance, maritime security, health, education, agriculture, and the ongoing TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations, Suzuki said.
The leaders will also talk about Japan’s support for Vietnam’s maritime security force via the transfer of technology and exchange of experiences, the Japanese official said.
Suzuki said the fact that the Vietnamese President will make a speech at a House of Representatives plenary session is exceptional and indicates that Tokyo appreciates Sang’s visit. This will be his first visit to Japan since assuming the presidency in 2011.
Japanese parliamentarians would like to hear the Vietnamese President’s commitments to improved cooperation with Japan in economics, security, and cultural exchange, according to Suzuki.
The parliamentarians also want to hear about Vietnam’s plans to further integrate into the ASEAN and Asia-Pacific regions as well as the country’s ongoing reforms, he said.
During the visit, Sang will also travel to Osaka City where he will take part in a Vietnam-Japan enterprises forum.
Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic ties in 1973. Two-way trade between the two countries was estimated at US$25.6 billion last year.
Japan was Vietnam’s leading investor last year, with its investments totaling $5.7 billion, or 26.6 percent of all FDI to the Southeast Asian country.
Japan is also Vietnam’s biggest ODA provider, giving around $21 billion between 1992 and 2013.
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