100 Vietnamese Intellectuals in Japan Gather to Exchange
In his remarks, Ambassador Pham Quang Hieu stressed that Japan has been a destination for many generations of Vietnamese to work, study and develop their career. From the Dong Du movement (Journey to the East) initiated by revolutionary Phan Boi Chau in the early 20th century, to the generation of Vietnamese students who went to Japan to study in the 1960s and 1970s, many of them achieved success. success and reputation in Japan as Professor Tran Van Tho, and ventilator inventor Tran Ngoc Phuc, the founder and chairman of Japanese medical equipment firm Metran Co., Ltd,.
From 2000 to now, the number of international students in general and the Vietnamese community has continuously increased over the years, currently reaching nearly 500,000 people, becoming the second largest foreign community in Japan.
Among these are many people from the younger generation, many of whom have studied, researched, and worked in Japan for the past 15-20 years, and are now occupying important positions in teaching and research, management at prestigious universities, leading Japanese enterprises in many fields such as information technology, electronics-microchips, robotics, agriculture, healthcare, economics-law-society-human literature. Many people hold positions as Professors, Associate professors, business managers, or heads of the research lab.
Along with young intellectuals, start-up entrepreneurs and a large number of enthusiastic international students are playing a leading role in the development of the Vietnamese community in Japan, actively contributing to the development of the Vietnamese community in Japan as well as Japan's socio-economic development, becoming a bridge for friendly cooperation between the two countries.
|Nearly 500,000 Vietnamese are in Japan, becoming the second biggest foreign community in the East Asian nation. Photo: VNA|
The diplomat stressed that the Vietnamese Party and State always pay special attention to overseas Vietnamese – an integral part of the nation – and have issued various policies and guidelines for them, adding that overseas Vietnamese is an important resource contributing to the cause of industrialisation and modernisation of the country and international integration. Despite being far away from the country, the success of the Vietnamese community is also the success of Vietnam, contributing to enhancing Vietnam's position in the international arena.
He lauded contributions by Vietnamese intellectuals, especially the Vietnamese Intellectuals Association in Japan, the Vietnamese Academic Network in Japan (VANJ), and the Vietnamese Professionals in Japan (VPJ), the Vietnam Youth and Students Association in Japan (VYSA) and the Vietnam-Japan Open Innovation Network (VJOIN) have successfully organised many events attracting a large number of intellectuals and entrepreneurs such as Vietnam Summits in 2019 and 2021, and symposiums.
The success of these events cannot be complete without the silent contributions, enthusiasm, and spirit of dedication to science and to the community of Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan, he said.
Hieu expressed his hope that the AVIJ and the intellectual community in general will produce more research studies, and make more proposals and contributions, helping Vietnam apply Japan’s cutting-edge technology in socio-economic development.
|Prof. Tran Van Tho speaks at the event. Photo: VNA|
The meeting spent time actively discussing the contributions of Prof. Tran Van Tho together with 20 Vietnamese professors and associate professors in the fields of information technology, microchips, materials, healthcare, and agriculture, business, economics, who are currently teaching in universities and research institutes all over Japan; along with 15 presidents, directors, managers of Vietnamese enterprises in the fields of IT, Finance-Economics-Consulting-NPO, Business Startup.
|Do Quang Ba, Chairman of the Vietnam Japan Sports Cultural Exchange Association (FAVIJA) speaks at the meeting.|
This is the first meeting event held on a large scale, an opportunity for intellectuals all over Japan to have the opportunity to exchange, connect with scientific research networks, update and share information about activities and highlights of the intellectual network in the past time, exchange of cooperation activities in the future towards the formation of a dynamic, united Vietnamese intellectual community in Japan with increasingly effective contributions into science and technology activities, national development as well as cooperation relationship with Japan.
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