President Tran Dai Quang and Japanese Emperor Akihito raise toasts at the banquet. Photo: VNA
At the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang, Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid a first-ever State visit to Vietnam from 28 February to 5 March.
During the visit, the Emperor and Empress met with President Tran Dai Quang and attended the banquet hosted by President Tran Dai Quang and his wife, attended the tea party hosted by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his wife, met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife and had talk with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. On this occasion, Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum.
At the meetings, the two sides maintained that the first State visit to Vietnam by the Emperor and Empress was of historical significance in the two countries’ relation. Both sides believed that the visit helped increase mutual trust, understanding and sentiment between the two peoples, thereby further developing the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in the coming time.
The two sides reached consensus that the Vietnam-Japan relation is at its best in history. In 2018, Vietnam and Japan will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The two sides stressed that the two countries have historical exchanges and many cultural similarities such as wet rice farming, silkworm rearing, weaving, and peace loving, considering them as the foundation that should be maintained and promoted to further develop the Vietnam-Japan relation.
The Japanese Emperor and Empress expressed sympathy with the people of Vietnam for the difficulties they are facing due to the impact of climate change such as drought, salinity intrusion and environmental pollution.
The two sides agreed that countries around the world should pay attention to environmental protection to ensure the people’s health and well-being and shared common understanding of the importance of education to national development.
During the State visit to Vietnam, the Japanese Emperor and Empress received volunteers of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), met with the staff of the Japanese embassy in Vietnam, had an exchange with Vietnamese alumni who studied in Japan, met with the Japanese community in Vietnam and families of Japanese war veterans living in Vietnam, visited the Museum of Biology (University of Natural Sciences, Vietnam National University, Hanoi) and Hue imperial city, attended performance of Royal court music at Duyet Thi Duong and called at Phan Boi Chau memorial house.