Teenage Ambassadors’ Programme
Deputy PM Encourages Students Fostering Vietnam-Japan Ties
Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 16 for a delegation of Vietnamese and Japanese students joining the Teenage Ambassadors’ Programme, which is organized to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties, VNA reported.
Quang said cultural similarities and historical connections are the sustainable foundation for the Vietnam-Japan relationship.
The Deputy Prime Minister recalled the memory of enjoying the opera "Princess Anio" with Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko in Hanoi at the end of September 2023.
The premiere of the opera "Princess Anio" is one of the most meaningful activities, held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations (September 21, 1973-2023), furthermore is the Dong Du Movement with about 200 young people going to Japan to study, showing that the relationship between the two countries was built a long time ago on the basis of cultural and trade exchanges.
|Deputy PM Tran Luu Quang presents gifts to Vietnamese and Japanese students. Photo: VNA
Citing statistics, he noted that Vietnam currently has 51,000 students studying in Japan, ranking second in the number of international students in the country.
He wished that the programme would further develop, providing more opportunities for students to have educational experiences in both Vietnam and Japan.
The Deputy PM expressed his hope that the students would strive for academic excellence and personal growth to become knowledgeable and helpful citizens serving their countries. He also encouraged them to contribute to nurturing the bilateral long-standing friendship.
Starting in 1990, the AEON 1% Club Foundation’s Teenage Ambassadors programme is an exchange programme for high school students in Japan and foreign countries.
It aims to provide students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of each other's histories and cultures and form friendships, via activities like courtesy visits to embassies and cultural heritage sites, attendance of school lectures, and homestays.
To date, it has been conducted 43 times, attracting nearly 2,500 high school students from 18 countries, with four editions held in Vietnam.
The latest edition of the programme took place in Japan from November 13-18, 2023, and is being held in Vietnam from January 15-20, 2024, with the participation of 50 Vietnamese and 50 Japanese students.
Founded in 1989, the AEON 1% Club Foundation has been operating based on 1% of the group’s pre-tax profits.
In Vietnam, the foundation helped establish a scholarship fund for university students, build primary schools in Hue city, and carried out tree planting projects in Hanoi and Hue.
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