PM Chinh's visit in Japanese media spotlight
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to Japan has been widely reported by the Japanese media, with several outlets running articles on the visit, with a particular focus on talks held with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on November 24.
National broadcaster NHK reported that during his talks with PM Chinh, PM Kishida expressed his hope for greater development of bilateral relations with Vietnam.
In response, PM Chinh congratulated the Japanese PM on assuming office and said he believes the inauguration of PM Kishida will mark a bright future for friendship and co-operation between the two countries.
The following day, in an article titled “Japan, Vietnam PMs reaffirm ties”, NHK reported that Japan's PM and his Vietnamese counterpart agreed to work together in order to maintain the international order based on freedom and the rule of law.
It said that PM Chinh is the first foreign leader that the Japanese PM has met in the Far East nation since taking office.
Furthermore, Kyodo News reported that during their talks, the two PMs consented to step up security co-operation between their countries ,while sharing "serious concerns" over aggressive moves occurring regional waters.
Kyodo News also cited a joint statement following the leaders' meeting in Tokyo, which said that the two sides agreed on the importance of upholding an international order that is based on law, while going on to affirm that they will work together towards achieving a strong economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It also quoted PM Kishida as saying that the country is an important partner for Japan which will serve as the linchpin in efforts to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Nikkei Asia also posted an article on the talks, during which both leaders discussed ways to boost tourism. Moving forward, there are hopes that the number of tourists between the two countries will increase to 1.5 million arrivals per year as was seen before the pandemic.