Vietnam remains attractive destination for Japanese investors: JETRO chief

19:58 04/05/2022

Vietnam in the eye of Japanese investors is a potential market that boasts factors for steady growth, says Nobuhiko Sasaki, chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organisation – an agency that promotes Japanese trade and investment.

Assemblying motorcycles at Honda Vietnam, one of successful Japanese--run businesses in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

Assemblying motorcycles at Honda Vietnam, one of successful Japanese--run businesses in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

Sasaki made the statement in an interview recently granted to following Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s official visit to Vietnam from April 30 to May 1.

The two countries’ ministries, agencies, localities and businesses had signed and exchanged documents of cooperation, especially in new fields such as energy, digital transformation and the environment that shows the investment trend in both countries, he said.

The recent development of the Japanese supermarket chain Aeon Mall also shows that Vietnam’s retail market is developing rapidly, even in rural areas, he noted.

According to the JETRO executive, trade and investment cooperation between Japan and Vietnam has made progress in recent years. Japan has poured US$64.5 billion into 4,935 investment projects in Vietnam. Both Vietnam and Japan are important trading partners of each other when Vietnam is Japan’s third largest export market and the latter is the former’s fourth largest export market.

The number of Japanese companies entering Vietnam is increasing, and the Japan Business Association in Vietnam (JBAV) is now represented by approximately 2,000 Japanese enterprises.

Sasaki cited the results of a JETRO-run survey saying 55% of Japanese companies operating in Vietnam have business expansion plans in the next one or two years, the highest rate among Southeast Asian countries.

In his opinions, Japanese investors all appreciate Vietnam’s production and market potential, and the two countries can build a relationship to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Since JETRO opened its first office in Hanoi in 1993 and another in Ho Chi Minh City in 2000, he said Vietnam has increasingly become a favourite destination for Japanese manufacturing companies.

JETRO is currently interested in digital transformation, innovation, green economy, decarbonization, agricultural and seafood export. It is considering boosting bilateral cooperation in innovation - a field of cooperation where demand between the two sides is rapidly increasing, he said.

Sasaki expressed his belief that FDI inflows from Japan to Vietnam would continue to increase considerably in the coming time, especially after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to Hanoi.