The Vietnamese Communist Party’s delegation visits Japan
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Party Central Committee’s Secretary Nguyen Xuan Thang and the delegation talk with leaders of the Japanese Communist Party

During the visit, the delegation had working sessions with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura, Minister in charge of Administrative Reform and Civil Service Reform Hiroshi Kajiyama, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Noriko Miyagawa, and the Japanese Communist Party’s Chairman Kazuo Shii. The Party delegation also met with Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Vice President of the National Personnel Authority, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and many Japanese leaders and senior governmental officials. Japan received the delegation in a respectful way with all sincerity. The two sides had a frank and open exchange of ideas with diversed contents.

Japanese leaders and governmental officials affirmed and highly appreciated the importance of the relationship with Vietnam as evidenced by a host of state visits of the two countries in 2017. On the Japanese side, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a state visit to Vietnam in January and participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit organized in Vietnam in November. The Emperor and the Empress paid a state visit to Vietnam from February 28 to March 5. Besides, the speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives Oshima Tadamori paid an official visit to Vietnam on May 3-5. On the Vietnamese side, the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made an official visit to Japan in June.

Party Central Committee’s Secretary Nguyen Xuan Thang and the Japanese Communist Party’s Chairman Kazuo Shii during their talks in Japan

Japan had a high opinion of efforts, determination and vision of Vietnam to reach Da Nang agreement on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to promote free trade. Moreover, Japan expressed their determination to probably sign the agreement in March 2018. Japan also committed to working closely with Vietnam to address issues that Vietnam has been concerned such as labour, textile, and intellectual property. Japanese leaders expected to advance their efforts towards the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic relations in 2018. At the same time, they expressed their joy as Vietnam would be a coordinating country in the ASEAN-Japan relations from summer 2018, thereby playing a more active role in fostering this relationship. On behalf of the Party and State leaders, Party Central Committee’s  Secretary Nguyen Xuan Thang highly appreciated the new steps in the development of the Vietnam-Japan relations and shared the interests with Japan. Besides, he continued to affirm the policy of Vietnam to further deepen the extensive strategic partnership with Japan for peace and prosperity of the two countries as well as for peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Welcoming the delegation, the leader of the Japanese Communist Party congratulated Vietnam on numerous achievements gained during more than 30 years of doi moi (renovation) under the leadership of the Vietnamese Communist Party. Taking charge of the Central Theoretical Council, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang cordially invited the leader of the Japanese Communist Party to visit Vietnam to attend the eighth theory talks between the two Parties at the appropriate time in 2018. The Vietnamese delegation suggested the topic of the theory talks should emphasize the vitality of Marxism in today’s era to commemorate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx and the 170th anniversary of the Manifesto of the Communist Party. The Japanese Communist Party’s Chairman Kazuo Shii agreed and said that the two sides would discuss the upcoming theory talks in more detail.

The delegation, led by Party Central Committee Secretary Nguyen Xuan Thang, works with Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

In a working session, JICA Vice President Shinya Ejima emphasized that Vietnam was currently the leading official development assistance (ODA) recipient country of Japan and the relationship between Vietnam and Japan developed very well in both state and business levels. He said that one of priorities in the Japan’s aid policy for Vietnam was the improvement of governance quality, including the training of senior officials for the Party and the Government of Vietnam. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang highly appreciated the significant cooperation, assistance, and contribution of JICA in the development process of Vietnam. In terms of training potential officials in the coming time, he stressed that training courses would be held in the central and local levels and Japanese professionals would be invited to give seminars. He also underlined that the courses would closely combine the classroom teaching with discussions and learners travelling to Japan would focus on studying specific practical models. Seminars given by Japanese professionals needed to derive from issues that Vietnam was concerned and they should be about relevant experience of Japan, he said. In addition, he suggested JICA continue to support the Party Central Committee’s Organization Commission in reforming the apparatus, improving the quality and efficiency of the public sector, including the building of a database on the public sector based on the experience of Japan. JICA Vice President asserted to cooperate with Vietnam to develop the best training programs. At the Japan National Personnel Authority’s headquarters, the leader of the institution expressed their readiness to share experiences of Japan, including successes and failures, that Vietnam could learn. This institution has actively supported the process of training Vietnamese potential officials in the 2011-2015 period.

Within the framework of the visit to Japan, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang and the delegation exchanged views on the regional and global situations as well as learned about experiences in high-ranking official training, administrative reform and governance of Japan. They also had a working session with the Embassy of Vietnam in Japan and received constant and careful support from Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong and the Embassy’s officials during their visit in Japan.

Some photos of the delegation in Japan:

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang works with Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang meets with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang and the delegation works with the leader of the Japan National Personnel Authority

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Thang and the leader of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) during their talks


News, photos: Department of International Cooperation

Translator: Vu Lan Dung/ Proofreader: Le Xuan Tung