The event is a part of the activities of the visit to Japan from March 18-25 by a delegation from Ho Chi Minh City, led by Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.
The launching ceremony were attended by Former Vice President Truong My Hoa, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture Hideaki Ohmura, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura.
Doctor Natsume of the Japanese Cleft Palate Association (JCPA) arrived in Vietnam for the first time in 1992 for free surgeries on children born with congenital cleft lip and cleft palate defects. Thousands of children with harelips across the country have undergone free surgery thanks to the JCPA with the participation of doctor Natsume in the past 26 years.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong expressed his best wishes and congratulations to the Honorary Consul Nagato Natsume. He also hoped the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Aichi will make huge contribution to the development of relations between Aichi and Vietnamese localities, as well as support the Vietnamese community in Aichi Prefecture.
Thanks to doctor Nagato Natsume’s contribution, around 200 businesses of Aichi have invested in Vietnam, and more than 200,000 Vietnamese people have been living and working in Aichi, said Governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture Hideaki Ohmura
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong wished that Honorary Consul Nagato Natsume and Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Aichi would continue to call on Japanese friends to provide surgical operations on Vietnamese children with cleft palate, share knowledges and strengthen cooperation relations between the two nations in general and between Aichi and Ho Chi Minh City in particular.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong (R) hands over national emblem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Aichi, Nagato Natsume.
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong speaks at the launching ceremony.