Vietnam-Japan culture and trade exchange underway in Can Tho

Saturday, 2017-11-04 11:52:45
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Local residents explore products from Japan on the opening day of the culture and trade exchange.
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NDO – The third Vietnam-Japan Culture and Trade Exchange is taking place in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from November 3 to 5, drawing the participation of nearly 100 businesses from both Vietnam and Japan.

The three-day event, co-organised by the he Can Tho chapter of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, is part of the activities held to celebrate 45 years of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties in 2018.

The festival offers an ideal platform to advertise the beauty of the Japanese country and people to Can Tho citizens and vice versa, as well as to strengthen exchange activities between the two countries’ companies and attract more Japanese investment in the Mekong Delta region as a whole and Can Tho in particular, thus contributing to tightening the fine relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

According to Deputy Director of VCCI Can Tho, Nguyen Phuong Lam, this year’s Vietnam-Japan festival promises to be an interesting destination, accommodating a scale of 120 pavilions imbued with cultural and festive features of both Vietnam and Japan, showcasing products of various types in an array of industries, including technology, electric machinery, household electric appliances, fashion, handicraft and fine arts, cosmetics and trade.

In addition, the programme also features unique performances by modern and traditional arts troupes coming from the two countries. Especially, visitors will have the chance to watch artistic firework displays and moving films of Vietnam and Japan, alongside learning Origami and the art of Japanese tea, dress themselves in a Kimono or Yukata, and disguise themselves as Samurai or as Ninjas.

Kazunori Hosoya, Deputy Consul General of Japan in HCM City, expressed his optimism about the outlook of the Vietnam-Japan relationship, stating that the increasing number and efficiency of trade promotion and cultural exchange activities between the two countries are a vivid evidence for his belief.

In 2016, Vietnam welcomed over 740,000 arrivals of Japanese tourists, while Japan received around 230,000 arrivals of Vietnamese visitors to the country. In Can Tho alone, four Japan-financed projects have been completed since 2013, with a total capital of more than VND7 billion (US$308,000).