Osaka-Vietnam Friendship Association support Vietnamese struggling in Japan

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Osaka - Vietnam Friendship Association has become a familiar place to support Vietnamese in difficulty in Osaka, Japan, especially students and interns.
March 24, 2021 | 07:28
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Osaka - Vietnam Friendship Association distributed rice and vegetables to Vietnamese suffering difficulties in the pandemic.

The prolonging COVID-19 pandemic has been posing difficulties in the daily lives of Vietnamese living in Japan. Once a week, the Osaka-Vietnam Friendship Association distributes from 50 to 100 free cakes to Vietnamese students and interns in Japan. Along with that, the Association has held events to giving advice on visa procedures for those who are learning of the visa conversion and related issues, consulted by Japanese Notaries of Public Administration, with Vietnamese translation.

Since February 2021, thanks to the support from Japanese farmers, the Association has provided free rice and vegetables to the people having difficulty in life due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imazato, the Osaka-Vietnam Friendship Association's location, is the town with Ikuno - the Ward with the highest Vietnamese population, about 2900, in Osaka. The Osaka-Vietnam Friendship Association was established in May 2017. Basically, all members are Japanese-Vietnamese couples, there are currently 20 official members participating in the association's activities.

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The Osaka - Vietnam Friendship Association gives out free cakes every week to Vietnamese students and interns in Japan.

Since its inception, the association has held many activities promoting relations between Vietnam and Japan, including Vietnamese cooking classes, free Japanese classes, and free Vietnamese classes.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Sinh, Deputy Vice President of the Osaka-Vietnam Friendship Association shared with Vietnam Times: "We do our best so that even Japanese people who have never been to Vietnam will know and have chances to enjoy traditional Vietnamese dances in Japan through the performances from the Lotus National Music and Dance Theater members during a cultural Vietnamese showcase".

In addition, members of the association also cooperate with services provided by the Osaka City Education Department as interpreting for Vietnamese children's meetings in Japanese elementary and middle schools, and is entrusted with editorial work as a member of the Multicultural Coexistence Guide editorial committee, published by Osaka City.

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The Osaka - Vietnam Friendship Association actively holds Vietnamese cultural activities in Japan. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, every year the association held a Lunar New Year party.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, every year the association held a Lunar New Year party, at which its members performed Vietnamese dances and songs, as well as serving Vietnamese dishes. Japanese people also joined the party to enjoy the Vietnamese Tet atmosphere.

"It would be hard to reach deep understandings in the two countries' relations through only commercial activities. I think deep understandings can be achieved by trying to learn about cultural differences to live in harmony with each other. We have been and will continue to hold activities to promote cultural exchange between Japanese and Vietnamese in the region and hope to contribute to the two countries' relations," shared the Deputy Vice President of the Osaka-Vietnam Friendship Association.

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