Vietnam And Japan Work Towards The Future
|Vu Minh Giang (right), chairman of the Scientific and Training Council of the Vietnam National University in Hanoi talks with Furuta Motoo, rector of Vietnam Japan University. Photo: Mai Anh
In a message sent to the conference, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio said that Vietnam-Japan relations have a long historical tradition.
In 1973, the two countries officially established diplomatic relations. Currently, the relations are in the best stage of development.
The conference is a testament to the long-standing historical connection as well as the extensive development in current relations between the two countries.
It also contributes to opening a new period of development in research on the history, culture, and educational activities between Vietnam and Japan.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Hoang Anh Tuan, rector of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Vietnam National University, Hanoi) stated that the workshop aimed to evaluate the results of Vietnamese research by Japanese scholars, and Japanese research results of Vietnamese scholars.
It also creates opportunities for young researchers, and graduate students from the two countries to exchange and share research results.
The results of the conference will contribute to promoting the development of science and history education in the two countries.
In a report titled "Vietnamese studies in Japan," Furuta Motoo and Momoki Shiro, Vietnam Japan University (Vietnam National University, Hanoi) said that from the beginning of the twentieth century, ancient and medieval Japanese intellectuals had a certain understanding of Southeast Asia and Vietnam.
Since then, the Vietnamese attracted the attention of Japanese researchers and achieved many results. Currently, diplomatic relations between the two governments of Vietnam and Japan are increasingly developing.
In the academic world, the expansion of research into different fields as well as research on Vietnam's social situation has been significantly contributing to the equal partnership between the two countries.
However, in reality, there are still many gaps in research on supranational topics that need to be filled with information about Vietnam.
Systematizing research on Japan
Reporting an overview of research results on Japan, Nguyen Van Kim (University of Social Sciences and Humanities) said that from the mid-1950s to 1973, Japan's miraculous development became the subject of research by South Vietnamese scholars such as Dao Trinh Nhat, Tran Minh Tiet, Nhat Chieu, and Nguyen Van Xuan.
The works of this generation of researchers provided an overview of Japanese history, politics, ideology, and education that began to appear in Vietnam in the 70s of the twentieth century.
After the two countries established diplomatic relations, Japanese research became a trend and had many favorable conditions.
In recent years, there have been many interdisciplinary studies from economics and politics to the ecological environment and climate change, contemporary cultural and social life, research on cultural policies, cultural diplomacy, the soft power of Japan, and new religions in Japan.
Although there has been an increase in the quantity and quality of research, there are still areas where the expected results have not been achieved. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen cooperation between Vietnamese and Japanese researchers to promote interdisciplinary and in-depth research.
The conference includes two subcommittees, Vietnam-Japan relations in the pre-modern period, and Vietnam-Japan relations in the modern period with nearly 20 reports and presentations by scholars from Vietnam and Japan.
In-depth studies by domestic and foreign researchers contribute to systematizing and updating documents and research results over many years by Vietnamese and Japanese scholars on the history of the two countries (Vietnamese studies in Japan and Japanese studies in Vietnam). They help share and strengthen mutual understanding between the two peoples.
At the conference, scientists suggested new research directions, new research methods, and new thinking of history in Vietnam and Japan, thereby promoting the development of science and history education in the two countries.
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