HA NOI (VNS)— The first north-south train decorated with symbols of the friendship between Viet Nam and Japan will set off May 8 and run until September 23.
The train will run from Ha Noi to HCM City as an SE1 and return as an SE2.
"The Viet Nam-Japan Friendship train will help people understand the results of railway co-operation between Japan and Viet Nam," said Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Tanizaki Yasuaki at a press conference yesterday.
Japan has committed loans of more than 45 billion yen (approximately US$456 million) to help Viet Nam replace and upgrade 63 bridges along the railway line between Ha Noi and HCM City from 1993 until 2017, according to the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).
With Japan's support, the train journey between Ha Noi and HCM City was shortened from 36 hours to 30 hours. By 2017, when all repairs are completed, the journey will take only 24 hours.
The Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam also organised a photo contest around the theme of the friendship train.-VNS