Nearly 1,000 Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan discuss “Make in Vietnam” policy

Nearly 1,000 Vietnamese intellectuals who are studying and working in Japan took part in the forum in Tokyo on November 16.
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The first forum of Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan focused on the “Make in Vietnam” policy that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc mentioned at a national technology forum last June.

This is the first and biggest event for Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan to meet up, and is a starting point for the journey of said community in Japan to form a network of interest and to provide mutual support system to achieve great progress and success together.

The forum, which aimed to collect recommendations for the effective implementation of the policy, attracted nearly 1,000 Vietnamese intellectuals and guests inside and outside Japan.

Addressing the forum, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Phan Tam stressed that the Government is committed to creating a transparent and healthy environment for Vietnamese intellectuals and businesspeople all over the world to join hands in building a prosperous Vietnam.

He also hopes that the forum will become the platform to connect and gather the intellectual community in Japan, together to discuss the critical problems in Vietnam and the solutions for these problems, from macro policies, to new technologies and products that can be applied in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam spoke highly of the initiative for holding the forum, stressing that there are numerous excellent intellectuals in the Vietnamese community in Japan and their coordination with agencies in the homeland will create greater collective strength for Vietnam’s development.

According to him, the forum was the response of the Vietnamese intellectual community in Japan to the call of the Vietnamese Government for contribution to national development in the period of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

At the forum, participants engaged in discussion on specific issues related to the “Make in Vietnam” policies, including artificial intelligence (AI), the Fourth Industrial Revolution and information technology in Vietnam, the application of technology and new materials in health care, and the role of women in innovation.

They also mentioned the directions of the Vietnamese community in Japan in making contribution to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

The event will be jointly organised by the Vietnamese Academic Network in Japan (VANJ), the Vietnamese Professionals in Japan (VPJ) and the Vietnamese Youth and Student Association in Japan under the auspices of the Vietnamese Embassy in the country.

Japan is now one of the attractive destinations for not only Vietnamese youth but also Vietnamese people in general because of the cultural similarities, the increasing demand to exchange science technology and human resources between the two countries in the context of globalization.

At the moment, there are over 350,000 Vietnamese living, studying, and working in Japan, including a number of intellectuals from scientists to researchers at universities, research institutes, experts at leading companies in Japan as well as entrepreneurs from many fields.

Compared to the 1990s when the Vietnamese intellectual community in Japan had only about 100 people, it can be seen that the intellectual community in recent years has made great progress in both quality and quantity.

The rapid development of the number of Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan places great demand on building a common forum, with the role of connecting and gathering the abundant knowledge of experts, scientists, policy makers, and business leaders./.

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