HCYU high-ranking officials pay working visits to Japan

Web.HCYU.02.10.2018 – A deleation of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s high-ranking officials led by Mr. Le Quoc Phong, Alternate Member of the CPV Central Committee, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, President of Viet Nam Youth Federation, Chairman of National Committee on Youth of Viet Nam, President of Viet Nam National Union of Students paid a working visit to Japan in mid September 2018.

In Japan, the delegation visited the Embassy of Vietnam in Japan and worked with leaders of the Vietnam Youth and Student Association in Japan (VYSA); they also met with representatives the Cabinet Office of Japan, Youth Division of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, Japan International Cooperation Agency, International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan (IYEO) and visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and the Ota Floriculture Auction.

Members of HCYU delegation meet with representatives the Cabinet Office of Japan
Members of delegation meet with representatives the Cabinet Office of Japan

At the Embassy, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan H.E. Nguyen Quoc Cuong received and provided members of the delegation with information about cooperation between Vietnam – Japan, and information of the Vietnamese community and Vietnamese students in Japan. In addition, Ms. Pham Thanh Huong, President of the Vietnam Youth and Student Association shared results of the VYSA’s activities over the past year, including the student support in promoting Vietnamese culture and tradition, sport events and volunteer activities in Japan.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Le Quoc Phong lauded the VYSA's efforts and initiatives in implementing the student and youth activities and expanding the work of the association in Japan. He suggested the VYSA to collaborate with student associations in major cities and provinces back home in Vietnam, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, to make use of the available facilities and conditions and organize more meaningful activities for Vietnamese students wishing to study in Japan. Furthermore, the VYSA needs to strengthen communication, in collaboration with media agencies in Vietnam, to increase awareness of the association's activities in Vietnam.

Mr. Le Quoc Phong hoped that with a network of qualified members, the VYSA will continue to lead the activities of Vietnamese youths and students in Japan, representing and promoting positive image of Vietnamese youths in Japan - the Land of the Rising Sun.

In welcoming the delegation to the Cabinet Office of Japan, Mr. Noriyuki KODA, Deputy Minister, shared with the delegation information about youth programmes and exchanges between Vietnam and Japan over the past few years. He highlighted experiences and shared research results in the conext of young Japanese in recent years. Mr. Le Quoc Phong noted the progress of international youth exchanges with the participation of youths of the two countries, he particularly praised the success of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) and the International Youth Development Exchange (INDEX) Program. Mr. Phong suggested the two sides will continue to effectively implement and expand the youth exchanges, thus, enhanching relationship between Japan and Vietnam; Japan and ASEAN countries.

Mr. Le Quoc Phong said that the Cabinet Office and the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam have many similarities in youth work. Therefore, the two should strengthen information exchange, sharing experience in various contents. The practice of building and implementing the Japan’s youth policy will be useful references in the process of amending Vietnam’s Youth Law.

At the headquarters of the Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, Mr. Keisuke Suzuki, Head of Youth Divison and members of Liberal Democratic Party received the delegation. The two leaders agreed that Vietnam and Japan are important partners in many fields, sharing a strong, comprehensive and pratical development. Mr. Phong and Mr. Suzuki exchanged and shared views on key cooperative activities in the past and agreed to continue promoting the exchange of young politicians, supporting young politicians in both Vietnam and Japan in enhancing understanding of the political systems of the two countries, showing the spirit of friendship, taking roles and responsibilities on important issues in each country as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

At the Head Office of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Le Quoc Phong and Mr. Yamamoto Kenichi, Deputy Director General for Asia-Pacific region shared the results of cooperation between two sides and exchanged directions for cooperation in the coming time: increasing the number and improving the quality of training programs for young leaders of Vietnam; coordinating the implementation of youth development projects in Vietnam following the model of development partnerships; coordinating the reception of Japanese young volunteers to Vietnam.