During a reception for the Governor of Yamanashi prefecture, Hitoshi Goto, who is on a working visit to HCM City, Nhan also emphasised that Vietnam-Japan relations in general, and those between HCM City and Japan in particular, have been developing strongly, especially in terms of trade and investment in recent years. HCM City and various Japanese localities have fostered the exchange of delegations, cooperation activities, experience sharing in smart city development and urban management, he added. The southern Vietnamese city wants to further strengthen its cooperation with the Japanese locality of Yamanashi in the spheres of biotechnology and seed production research, as well as the exchange of students, healthcare workers, training, and labourers, he said. For his part, Hitoshi Goto said he appreciates and believes in the potential for HCM City’s development in the future, expressing his hope that the Vietnamese city’s leaders would pay greater attention to promoting cooperation between the two localities. While highlighting the potential and strengths of Yamanashi, the guest affirmed that there remains great potential for his locality and Ho Chi Minh City to expand their collaboration in tourism, and experience sharing in automation and artificial intelligence research. Yamanashi has a high demand for labourers and trainees from Ho Chi Minh City to work in the prefecture, he noted.