Vietnam youth attends the Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit in Tokyo

Web.HCYU: The Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit was kicked off in Tokyo, Japan on 29 Oct 2012 with the participating of Vietnam Youth Participating and youth representatives of other nine ASEAN countries and the host.

The 2-day event, organized during the Country Program of the 39th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program, including overnights-program of discussion and cultural exchanges, with the end-view of getting more youths to participating in building human networks between Japan and the ASEAN community.

It is implemented with the cooperation of the ASEAN countries’ respective embassies in Tokyo and the ASEAN Promotion Center on Trade, Investment and Tourism (ASEAN-JAPAN CENTER).

The PYs will discuss various issues, including young leadership, education, international relations and the environment.

The Japan – ASEAN Cultural Exchange Program Performance is part of the summit and included an art performance and an exhibition featuring diverse culture of 11 participating countries.

Vietnam’s Song lua ven do (The Silk Wave) kicked off the show, themed Welcome to Asia, which was attended by Japanese Princess AkishinomiyaKikovà Vietnamese Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung to Japan.

Mr Hung on behalf of ASEAN member countries’ embassies gave a speech to celebrate the event.

The dance illustrates  the nature of Northern Vietnam. The pieces of colorful silk cloth used as props in the dance have the curvy shapes that represent beautiful rivers, fields of rice paddy, ponds of lotuses. These are the distinctive natural features of northern Vietnam which portray the traditions and cultures of Northen people.

Themed “Sea and Islands”, Vietnam’s  exhibition booth featured models and pictures of fishing boats of Vietnamese fishermen, Ha Long Bay, and several beautiful beaches and landscapes of the country from the North to the South.

Before  leaving Hanoi for Japan for SSEAYP on Oct 23, 29 members of Vietnam delegation, consisting of 28 participating youth and a national leader, joined a two- week training in Hanoi. The team had joined several daily activities, including cheers, dancing and singing, as well as contingent and individual assignments for discussion activities during 53-day journey.

In addition, the VPYs in uniform of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union went to Ba Vi mountain in Ha Tay District, 65 km away from Hanoi’s downtown, to worship and report their trip to President Ho Chi Minh, on Oct 9, 2012.

The VPYs also visited The Temple of Literature as well as other famous tourist destinations in the capital for Photo Session, in traditional costumes of ao dai and the team’s formal uniform last Sunday (Oct 14).

One of the most important activities during the training is the Pre-Departure Concert of Vietnam’s National Day Presentation show. The event was taken place on Oct 19 in Hanoi with the participation with exPYs, exNL (National Leader) and ex Singaporean NL Desmond Boey, and local media.

The NDP will take place on Fuji Maru ship on November 8, one day before the arrival of the ship to Vietnam’s Saigon Port, bringing 320 youth from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries for homestay program in Ho Chi Minh City.

The participating youths will join a three-day program, including home-stay, sightseeing, and institutional visits in 12 districts of the city.

The ship will leave the city on November 12 for Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, (Jakarta) Indonesia, and Brunei before arriving in Tokyo as the last destination on December 14.

The 28 members of the 2012 Vietnam contingent are aged 18 to 30 and have been chosen from different localities in Vietnam and work in different fields. The team includes college students, journalists, aviation officials, TV anchors, policemen, teachers, and government officials.

Vietnam has joined the program since 1995. So far the ship had visited the country 12 times (docking 11 times in Ho Chi Minh City, and once in the central city of Da Nang).

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.