Vietnam and Japan officially established diplomatic relations on September 21, 1973 and this year the two nations are celebrating 40 years of relations. On his visit to Japan in October 2011, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and former Japanese Prime Minister Noda decided to name 2013 as the “Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This was announced under the “Japan – Vietnam Joint Declaration on action plans based on strategic partnership development for peace and prosperity in Asia”, as the two sides also agreed to promote cooperation to organise celebratory programmes. The Vietnam – Japan relationship has developed rapidly in various aspects and has entered a new era, focusing on quality and depth. Political relations and cultural exchanges have expanded. Politically, the two countries have exchanged frequent high-ranking visits. With mutual trust, the two sides have cooperated closely in international and regional issues and supported each other in multilateral forums. Japan has always supported the Doi Moi (renovation) and opening policy of Vietnam; assisted Vietnam to enter into the region and the world (APEC, WTO, ASEM, ARF, OECD, etc.); and highly valued relations with Vietnam, underlining long-term benefits and goals. Vietnam backed Japan… Read full this story
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