|Former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio talks to a disabled girl at an earlier wheelchair donation ceremony. — Photo: laodong.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio and the Japanese Friendship Association (JFA) presented 60 wheelchairs to disabled Vietnamese children and Agent Orange victims at a ceremony here on Sunday.
The recipients come from the northern provinces of Hưng Yên, Hà Nam and Thái Bình, among others.
Hatoyama, in his speech, said this was the third time he had donated wheelchairs in Việt Nam, noting he hoped to quickly rally more funds for the effort.
He said the JFA would help Việt Nam clean up dioxin-contaminated areas and produce high-quality wheelchairs.
Deputy Health Minister Phạm Lê Tuấn thanked the Japanese people for their support of disabled Vietnamese.
He recalled that former PM Hatoyama had met with disabled children in Việt Nam in 2013 and had collected 50 wheelchairs to send to the country for the first time in September 2014.
In October 2015, he sent another 50 wheelchairs to Việt Nam. — VNS