|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (right) meets Speaker of Japan's House of Representatives Tadamori Oshima in Tokyo. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
TOKYO (VNS) — Japan's relationship with Viet Nam was in its prime, Speaker of Japan's House of Representatives Tadamori Oshima said during a meeting with visiting Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Tokyo yesterday.
The Speaker congratulated Viet Nam on the successful organisation of the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union last March and expressed his support for Viet Nam's efforts and practical contributions to peace, co-operation, and development in the Asian-Pacific region.
He also highlighted the political trust and whole-hearted friendship between the two countries.
Trong, who is on an official visit to Japan, said he appreciated the Japanese lower house's role in bolstering bilateral relations, particularly in endorsing the Japanese Government's provision of official development assistance to Viet Nam.
He spoke highly of the co-operation between Viet Nam's National Assembly and Japan's House of Representatives, legislative committees, and parliamentarians, especially between the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance and its Viet Nam-Japan counterpart.
Oshima praised the substantive relations between the countries' legislative bodies saying they helped realise co-operation agreements serving their extensive strategic partnership.
He said that as maritime nations, Japan and Viet Nam needed to enhance collaboration to maintain peace and stability at sea.
Countries involved in disputes should seriously adhere to international law and settle the issues through dialogue and peaceful measures, he said, adding that countries should respect one another and work together on the same footing for development.
Yesterday Party General Secretary Trong met Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chairman Kazuo Shii, during which he highlighted the solidarity and traditional friendship between the two parties.
The Vietnamese Party leader suggested the two sides increase the sharing of experience and information, boost bilateral co-operation and co-ordinate with each other at regional and international forums as well as multilateral activities, thus contributing to international communist and worker movements for peace, stability and development.
He said the Vietnamese Party and State would pursue its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, co-operation, development, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and active international integration.
Shii said co-operation between the two parties, especially theoretical exchanges, had significantly contributed to finalising each side's theoretical system.
He added that the JCP would work for a stronger relationship between the two countries.
Discussing the complicated developments of the regional situation, both shared views that disputes should be settled by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Parties concerned need to seriously implement the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and work towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
The same day, Party leader Trong held a reception for Okada Katsuya, President of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), who promised to strive hard for the pragmatic development of the extensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
He hailed the DPJ's parliamentarians for its contributions to relations between the two nations and legislatures, especially through the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians' Group.
Katsuya was eager to move co-operation outcomes between the two parties forward.
To mark the occasion, the DPJ leader and his guest witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on co-operation between the two parties.
At a meeting with representatives of the Japan Business Federation the same day, Party leader Trong praised the federation's 20-year company with Viet Nam, which he said had greatly contributed to the economic-trade-investment and official development assistance (ODA) collaboration between the two countries.
Pointing to substantial potential for affiliations between the two countries, Trong explained that Viet Nam had negotiated a range of free-trade agreements with countries and regions worldwide which were expected to open up a lot of opportunities for both Vietnamese and Japanese businesses.
Federation Vice-chairman Hitoshi Ogita said with a population of 90 million, Viet Nam had emerged as an attractive consumption market and an important gateway to the ASEAN market.
The country was also becoming a strategic market for Japanese firms to join the supply chains looking towards the ASEAN Community which will come into being at the end of this year, he said.
Japan co-operation hailed
The General Secretary yesterday asked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to prioritise official development assistance (ODA) to infrastructure, human resources, poverty reduction and climate change response in Viet Nam while meeting the agency's President Tanaka Akihiko.
He hailed JICA for its role as the coordinator of ODA provided by the Japanese government, saying that nearly $27 billion in ODA that Japan has given Viet Nam over the past 20 years has strengthened Viet Nam's competitiveness, State administration and well-being.
The leader asked JICA to work closely with Vietnamese relevant agencies to launch ODA-funded projects in a transparent and effective manner.
JICA marked its first activities in Viet Nam in 1991 with the dispatch of Japanese experts to Viet Nam and the reception of Vietnamese trainees to Japan. As of 2012, JICA has sent 5,700 long-term specialists and 480 volunteers to Vietnam and welcomed 20,800 Vietnamese trainees to Japan.
As of April 2015, JICA launched more than 150 technical and financing projects in Viet Nam, which is also the largest recipient of its aid.
Meeting President and Chief Executive Officer of Nikkei Corporation Naotoshi Okada the same day, the Party chief praised its initiatives to hold the annual International Conference on the Future of Asia and meetings with walks of life in Japan, thus strengthening the bilateral ties.
Okada, in return, wished that Viet Nam will continue to attend the conference next year and assured that Nikkei would keep bringing the latest news from Viet Nam to the world.
During a meeting with representatives of walks of life in Japan in the afternoon on the same day, the Vietnamese leader reflected on the time-honoured relationship between the two peoples, saying that Viet Nam regards Japan as a partner of top significance in the long run, considering it a consistent advocacy and strategic choice in her foreign policy.
On Wednesday, Trong met with the President of the House of Councilors Masaaki Yamazaki, who affirmed the Japanese upper house always gives priority to promoting cooperation with Viet Nam.
He said he hopes affiliation between the all of two countries' agencies, including cooperation between the Viet Nam National Assembly and the House of Councilors, will be stepped up in the future.
Trong took the occasion to convey the invitation of NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung to President Yamazaki to visit Viet Nam.
For his part, Yamazaki highly valued the development of the bilateral relations in recent years, especially since the ties were elevated to an extensive strategic partnership in 2014. He added that his agency wants to boost exchange with the Vietnamese legislative body.
He said he hopes the Vietnamese Party General Secretary's current Japan visit will be a crucial milestone, opening a new vision for the two sides' relations in the near future. — VNS