An official ceremony has been organized to welcome Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang in Japan, within the framework of his state visit to the East Asian nation from May 29 to June 2.
President Quang and the First Lady were welcomed by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday morning.
The Vietnamese leader also met with other members of the Imperial Family, as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his spouse.
The ceremony reflects the special respect Japan has for Vietnam, as the Japanese Emperor and Empress only welcome a few state visits from foreign leaders on a yearly basis.
|State President Tran Dai Quang, the First Lady, and Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the ceremony. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
The visit falls on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship.
President Quang and the First Lady then joined talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, before exchanging their gifts.
The Vietnamese head of state is scheduled to meet major Japanese corporations and convene a meeting with President of the House of Councilors Date Chuichi on Wednesday.
They will also join a state banquet hosted by the Japanese Emperor and Empress on the evening of the same day.
|President Tran Dai Quang at the welcome ceremony. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Upon his arrival in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon, President Quang came to Gumma Prefecture, where he was received by Governor Masaaki Osawa.
During their conversation, the president called on Gunma to enhance cooperation with Vietnamese localities in tourism, investment, high-tech agriculture, manufacturing, and supporting industries.
The Vietnamese leader then visited Koganei Seiki Company, specializing in manufacturing aircraft and Formula-One car engines.
There are 39 Vietnamese out of 240 engineers working at the company.