|Japan's former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
HÀ NỘI — Japan’s former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo made great contributions to the development of the relations between Việt Nam and Japan, for the sake of their people, and for peace, prosperity, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
The former leader passed away at Nara Medical University in Nara Prefecture on July 8. Earlier the same day, he was shot while campaigning for a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the prefecture.
The incident has stunned not only Japanese people but also people around the world, including in Việt Nam. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, had a special relationship with the Southeast Asian nation. During his term of office, Abe visited Việt Nam many times.
In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) in February 2019, Abe, as PM of Japan then, said thanks to Đổi mới (Reform), the Vietnamese economy developed dynamically.
In the mind of the Japanese, Vietnamese people are very hardworking, intelligent, highly patient, and have warm hearts, he said.
Such impressions on Việt Nam may be a reason motivating him to work to deepen the relations between the two countries.
With special affection, Abe continuously consolidated the Việt Nam-Japan friendship and strategic partnership. Thanks to his efforts, the bilateral relationship developed strongly across all spheres during his eight years in office.
In 2014, the two countries upgraded their bilateral relationship to an extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia. Three years later, Japan became Việt Nam’s biggest official development assistance (ODA) supplier, second-largest investor, and fourth biggest trade partner.
Notably, it was Abe who invited Vietnamese leaders to attend the expanded G7 Summit Japan 2016, and the G20 Summit as a special guest of host Japan in 2019. This was the first time Việt Nam had attended such big events.
Apart from the thriving relations, under Abe’s administration, the Vietnamese community in Japan grew into the second biggest foreign community.
According to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan (ISA), the number of Vietnamese people in Japan reached 432,934 in late 2021, accounting for 15.7 per cent of the total foreigners in the country, up 12 times as compared to 2012 when Abe just returned to office.
Notably, Vietnamese trainees in Japan amounted to 160,563, making up nearly 58.15 percent of total foreign interns in the country, partially thanks to policies facilitating the admission of Vietnamese labourers adopted by the Japanese Government under Abe’s administration.
Abe, a prominent politician and a great friend of Việt Nam, passed away after the attack, which has shocked the world and saddened many people.
In a message of condolences to the Japanese Government and people on July 8, PM Phạm Minh Chính, on behalf of Vietnamese Party and State leaders and people, expressed the deepest sympathies to them as well as Abe's bereaved family.
He also highlighted Việt Nam’s appreciation for Abe’s special sentiments and precious support to the land and people of Việt Nam as well as the bilateral extensive strategic partnership. — VNS
Japanese Embassy to open condolence books for late PM Abe Shinzo
HÀ NỘI — The Embassy of Japan in Việt Nam has announced it will open a condolence book for late Prime Minister Abe Shinzo from 9am to 5:15pm on July 11 and 12.
The venue will be the embassy's headquarters at 27 Liễu Giai street, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội. People coming to pay respect are requested to bring their identity cards to present when entering and exiting the embassy.
Abe, 67, was Japan's longest-serving prime minister. He served as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. — VNS