ship to berth in HCM City
HCM CITY — The Nippon
Maru, a ship that set sail from Japan carrying 328 youth ambassadors from
Japan and the 10 member nations of the ASEAN grouping at the end of October,
will dock at HCM City’s Sai Gon Port tomorrow.
The sailing trip spanning
11 countries takes place every year under a cultural exchange programme funded
by the Japanese Government.
The programme aims at
promoting friendship and mutual understanding among the youth of Japan and
Southeast Asian countries, broadening their perspectives and acquainting them
with the history and culture of each nation.
The programme is open to
exceptional young people between 18 and 30 years of age who have been chosen
from many hopeful candidates to represent their countries on the ship’s annual
This year, Viet Nam has 29
representatives aboard the cultural exchange vessel.
Le Quoc Phong, deputy
secretary of the municipal Communist Youth Union, says that after arriving HCM
City, the young people will live with local families in the city to directly
experience local culture and lifestyles.
Around 200 families from
nine districts in the city will host the youth delegates.
Also tomorrow, the youth
will present cultural facets of their respective countries in a performance at
the Youth Cultural House; and on Thursday, they visit the Dai Nam Tourist
Cultural Historical Zone in Binh Duong Province.
Japan first launched the
programme in conjunction with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore
and Thailand in 1974. Viet Nam sent its first representatives in 1996, after
joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Programme organisers hope
it will foster in all of the participants a spirit of leadership they can take
back to their respective countries.
The Nippon Maru
will leave for Manila, the Philippines on Saturday. — VNS