President Truong Tan Sang, his wife, and a senior delegation departed from Hanoi to Japan March 16 for an invitation from Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
|President Truong Tan Sang (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Photo: VNA)|
This is the second time a Vietnamese president will have visited Japan in the last 40 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1973. Former President Nguyen Minh Triet visited the country on November 2007.
Diplomatic relations between the countries remain strong in areas of economics, politics, and national defense.
In 2013, the two countries successfully organized Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year to celebrate 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
Japan has been Vietnam’s largest Official Development Assistance provider, investor, and fourth largest trade partner.
Japan pledged to provide Vietnam with US$23 billion ODA by the end of 2013. Total registered foreign direct investment capital from Japan reached more than US$34.5 billion.
Bilateral trade turnover was US$25.16 billion. The two countries set a target to double this number in 2020.
The visit of President Sang is a significant event that will boost Vietnam-Japan’s relations in various fields including politics, economics, trade, investment, ODA, science and technology, education and training and agriculture.