|President Truong Tan Sang and his wife arrived in Tokyo yesterday, beginning his State visit to Japan at the invitation of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.— VNA/VNS Photo
TOKYO (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang and his wife arrived in Tokyo yesterday, beginning his State visit to Japan at the invitation of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
President Sang and his entourage were warmly welcomed by members of the Japanese House of Representatives, Deputy Foreign Minister Hirotaka Ishihara and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung, among others.
Today, the State leader is set to meet with the Governor of Ibaraki prefecture and visit several agricultural research, machinery manufacturing and flower processing facilities in the locality.
The president's first State-level visit to Japan will last until March 19. He and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to discuss ways to expand co-operation in economics, politics, security, agriculture and culture, lifting bilateral ties to new heights.
Minister-Counselor of the Japanese Embassy Hideo Suzuki described President Sang's visit as an important political event as both the region and world change rapidly.
Viet Nam and Japan have seen their relationship develop significantly in recent years. Japan was the first country in the Group of Seven (G-7) to welcome the Vietnamese Party General Secretary to Japan in 1995, establish a strategic partnership with Viet Nam in 2009 and recognise Viet Nam's market economy in 2011.
Japan remains the leading ODA donor to Viet Nam: the East Asian country provided 2.1 trillion JPY (US$21 billion) in ODA from 1992 to 2012 and $1.55 billion in 2013 alone.
Last year, the country was Viet Nam's fourth-largest trade partner, with two-way trade hitting $25.16 billion, of which Viet Nam earned $13.5 billion from selling mainly seafood, crude oil, garments and coal.
Japan was Viet Nam's leading investor, with capital totalling US$5.7 billion in 2013. As of last December, it had 2,166 valid FDI projects in Viet Nam with total registered capital of $34.7 billion. The two countries have also worked together in the fields of culture, sports, tourism, education and science and technology. —VNS