Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) meets with Governor of Japan’s Nagano prefecture Abe Shuichi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Wednesday expressed his delight at the development of the Việt Nam–Japan extensive strategic partnership in diverse areas, including at the local level.
During a reception in Hà Nội for Governor of Japan’s Nagano prefecture Abe Shuichi, PM Phúc said the Vietnamese community in Japan has reached over 330,000, becoming the third largest in the country.
He showed his satisfaction at the signing of a labour co-operation agreement between the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Nagano prefecture earlier the same day.
Việt Nam wants to work closely with Japan in high-tech agriculture, he said, adding that the Vietnamese Government will create favourable conditions for Japanese farm produce such as apples and pears to enter the country.
The PM suggested that Nagano encourage its firms to invest in Việt Nam in fields of their strength such as agriculture, electronic machinery, information and manufacturing equipment, and receive more Vietnamese practitioners.
Abe said Nagano signed co-operation deals with several Vietnamese ministries and agencies in 2016, thus reinforcing bilateral links.
He added that the prefecture wants to welcome more Vietnamese practitioners and pledges to provide them with all possible support.
There are about 3,400 Vietnamese practitioners in Nagano at present and the prefecture needs to receive more young Vietnamese in the fields of nursing and tourism, thereby making further contributions to bilateral ties.
The guest said Nagano is strong in tourism, high-tech farm produce, processed food, traditional wines and apple, and looks to partner with Viet Nam in such fields, adding the prefecture will do its best to further advance bilateral ties. VNS