|Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung (third left) and Japanese Ambassador to Việt Nam Kunio Umeda (second left) planted a cherry blossom tree at Hòa Bình Park on Saturday. — Photo: phapluatxahoi.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Committee and Japan’s AEON Group planted 1,000 new cherry blossom trees in Hoà Bình Park on Saturday, raising the total number to 1,700.
Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung and Japanese Ambassador to Việt Nam Kunio Umeda took part in the event.
In order to turn Hoà Bình into a well-known cherry blossom park, an AEON representative said 800 trees would be planted by 250 volunteers from the group, partner companies and universities across the city. Nearly 100 volunteers from Japan’s Mizuho Bank branch in the capital would plant another 200 trees.
Speaking at the event, Chung expressed his thanks to the Japanese Ambassador, AEON executives and volunteers for their support in contributing to building Hoà Bình Park into a symbol of the Việt Nam – Japan friendship.
He said the first cherry blossom trees in the park, which were planted in spring 2017, would bloom in spring 2019, earlier than expected, boding well for AEON Group and Hà Nội.
Chung firmly believed that ties between Việt Nam and Japan, and between Hà Nội and AEON Group, would further thrive.
Executive Director of the AEON Environment Foundation Naoki Hayashi said AEON attached importance to tree planting and protection. Since 2010, the group had planted 75,000 trees in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế, 15,000 in Ba Vì National Park in 2014, and 1,700 in Hoà Bình Park.
The cherry blossom tree planting ceremony in Hoà Bình Park was launched in 2017. — VNS