TOKYO — National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong met leaders of the House of Councillors, the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary League and senior Government officials of Japan in Tokyo yesterday on the sidelines of the 20th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum meeting.
At her meeting with Vice Chairman of the Japanese House of Councillors Otsuji Hidehisa, Phong affirmed Viet Nam would continue to help Japan overcome recent disasters.
She reaffirmed that Viet Nam would continue implementing its nuclear power project with Japan's assistance.
Hidehisa expressed his confidence in his country's businesses to build the nuclear power plant in Viet Nam's Ninh Thuan Province.
He affirmed that relations between the two parliaments would play an important role in promoting further development of the bilateral strategic partnership.
Many Japanese parliamentarians wanted to take part in exchange activities with the Vietnamese National Assembly, he said.
At another meeting with President of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary League Yukio Hatoyama, Phong highlighted the role of the league in promoting the Viet Nam-Japan strategic partnership in various fields.
She underlined the Vietnamese Assembly's commitment to increasing its role in monitoring the use of official development assistance capital provided by the Japanese Government.
She proposed the Japanese parliamentarians' group increase its exchange with the Vietnamese legislative body and said she hoped Japanese parliamentarians would play a greater role in increasing loan sources for Viet Nam and facilitating Japanese business investment in Viet Nam.
Hatoyama thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their assistance to Japan in helping overcome the serious consequences of the earthquake and tsunami in March last year.
Viet Nam was one of Japan's important partners, he said, saying that Japan would provide further assistance to Viet Nam's infrastructure construction projects and other fields.
While meeting Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi, Phong spoke highly of Japanese cabinet members' contributions to stepping up the two countries' relations.
She called on Japan to invest in hi-tech and support industries and help Viet Nam adapt to climate change, apart from infrastructure construction.
For his part, the Japanese minister said Japan would expand co-operation with Viet Nam, expressing his belief that Viet Nam would play an important role in the region.
Talking with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Michihiko Kano, Phong said she hoped Japan would use its technology to help Viet Nam's agricultural sector increase its product quality.
Kano expressed the hope that Japan and Viet Nam would co-operate further in the agriculture sector to cement the strategic partnership. — VNS