Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, November 12
-- Vietnam’s consistent policy is to attach importance to developing relations with Japan, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said as he received newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Kunio Umeda in Hanoi on Friday.
-- A welcome ceremony was held Friday at Ho Chi Minh City’s Cat Lai Port for the 43rd Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP), which is on a four-day visit to the southern metropolis.
-- Ho Chi Minh City wants to receive consultations from overseas Vietnamese intellectuals and businessmen to serve its new development stage towards becoming Vietnam’s economic, financial and technological hub, municipal authorities pledged at a meeting with representatives of 500 Vietnamese expats who return home to attend the 2016 Conference for Overseas Vietnamese on Friday.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late Friday it is actively working with relevant agencies to verify the abduction of six Vietnamese nationals on board a Vietnam-flag ship that was hijacked off the Philippines early the same day.
-- Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly adopted Friday a resolution on the state budget estimate for 2017, with total state budget collection estimated at more than VND1.2 trillion (US$54.5 billion) against a total spending of more than VND1.39 trillion ($63.1 billion).
-- Post-harvest loss is causing financial damages worth VND3.2 trillion to 3.6 trillion ($142.86 million - $160.71 million) in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the country’s rice granary, on an annual basis, according to the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute.
-- Ninety-four people caught in a large-scale 110-player gambling ring in the northern province of Quang Ninh in March were given jail terms ranging from 54 to 36 months, while 16 others received suspended sentences, by a court on Friday.
-- A Danish Film Week is scheduled to take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from November 19 to 27 as part of activities marking the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Denmark diplomatic relations, the Danish Embassy in Vietnam has announced.
-- Vietnam will play Japanese football club Avispa Fukuoka in a friendly game in the southern city of Can Tho at 6:00 pm today, their last test before beginning their journey to win the trophy at the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2016.