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Japan's Mimasaka city thanks Yen Bai for 20,000 medical masks

07:15 | 26/04/2020

Mayor of Mimasaka city has sent a letter of gratitude to Vietnam's northwest province of Yen Bai for their support to the locality after it was struck by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), NHK reported.

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Earlier, Yen Bai province has donated 20,000 medical masks to Mimasaka city, Okayama province.

According to NHK, Mimasaka is facing a serious shortage of medical masks. Therefore, the city proposed Yen Bai to provide face masks for them.

Hagiwara Seiji, the mayor of Mimasaka city has sent a letter of gratitude to the people of Yen Bai province for this donation. "This is a gift containing the love of the people of Yen Bai province'' and "Friendship will defeat coronavirus.''

These masks had been arrived at Mimasaka on April 22 and were distributed to hospitals and health facilities in the city.

In front of the banner saying "Friendship defeats Coronavirus" in both Vietnamese and Japanese, Mayor Hagiwara received 20,000 masks sent from Yen Bai, which has the friendly and cooperative relationship with Mimasaka.

He expressed his gratitude, saying this timely support from Yen Bai province shows the spirit of sharing and solidarity with the city of Mimasaka in the fight against Covid-19.

"I strongly feel our friendship transcends national borders," he shared after said thank you in Vietnamese.

Mimasaka has a population of 27,000, of which 470 are foreigners, more than half of them are Vietnamese.

In November 2019, the two Vietnam's and Japan’s localities signed a ‘memorandum of friendship assistance promotion’ to build a long-term relationship.

Not only Japan, in recent years, Vietnam has donated many masks and medical supplies to a number of European and American countries, which are heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. Vietnam has been highly appreciated by many countries for the spirit of solidarity. Although it is also affected by Covid-19, Vietnam is still willing to share resources, provide medical assistance and create favorable conditions for citizens of countries to stay here./.

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