Vietnam's JICA winning stories put Japanese expats in focus

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A Thanh Nien Weekly reporter is attending a three-week tour in combination with environment protection and vocational training in Japan, as part of winning the Japanese JICA Vietnam Media Awards 2011.


"From Japan with Love" by Thanh Nien's Dang Thi Hong Hanh, "Surviving the Mekong Delta Outback" by Vietnam News Agency' Nguyen Ngoc Le and "Sakura Blossom in Nhat Tan" by Vietnam Investment Review's Pham Anh Minh have won this year's media contest held by the Japanese Investment and Cooperation Agency.


A high number of articles of excellent quality prompted the agency to give an extra prize to Doan Tra My from Nhan Dan (People) for her stories: "One village - One product movement" and "Improvement of living environment for workers."


The contest received more than 40 articles from 23 news and media organizations across the country, JICA Vietnam said in a press release.


Hanh, whose story is about a Japanese therapist girl volunteering to work for JICA Vietnam to help children with severe muscular disorders, said winning the award "is a great honor."


The author of second-prize story said the Japan visit is a chance to learn more about JICA activities in various areas such as economics, science and technology, and health care.


"I hope this annual media contest will be held more regularly so that the media can play bigger role in the exchange of experience and cooperation of JICA. The media itself is a key communication channel to help multiply experience," she said.


Minh, who also won second prize, wrote about the construction of Nhat Tan Bridge in Hanoi with the largest ever ODA loan from Japan.


After more than 10 years covering the transport infrastructure sector, the reporter said he is impressed most with Japan ODA-funded projects for their positive impact to the socio-economic development of Vietnam.


"During days of field trip to the construction site of Japan ODA-funded projects, I met and talked with Japanese engineers who left me with profound respect for their highest sense of responsibility, discipline and their pride for transferring latest bridge construction technology to Vietnam," Minh said.


Tsuno Motonori, chief representative of JICA Vietnam, said "Japanese volunteers have been featured in many articles sent to this year's contest and two of them have won prizes."


Motonori said the stories have reflected the heartbeat, the emotion, the friendship between Japanese and Vietnamese people, "and above all, the flourishing cooperation between the two countries."


JICA Vietnam Media Awards were first launched in 2010 to mark the 15th anniversary of JICA's presence in Vietnam.


The awards honor reporters who contribute to the development of Japan and Vietnam cooperation, as well as make JICA activities in Vietnam better known to the public.


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