Present at the event were Japanese Prince Akishino and his wife,Princess Kiko, former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, VietnameseForeign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Culture, Sports and TourismHoang Tuan Anh and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung, amongothers.
Addressing the opening ceremony,Ambassador Hung expressed his hope that the biggest-ever festival willbe successful, contributing to deepening the friendship between the twopeoples and the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Minister Anh stressed the important andgreat achievements gained by the two countries across various fieldsover the past 40 years.
Japan is Vietnam’s biggest investor, and Vietnam always attaches importance to thestrategic partnership with Japan, Minister Anh said.
Co-chaired the festival’s organising board, former Senator MatsudaIwao noted that in the past five years, the number of Japanese flockingto the festival has increased rapidly, reflecting the growing interestin Vietnam.
The 2013 Vietnam Festival isscheduled to take place on September 14-15, featuring Vietnamese cuisineand handicrafts and tourism products in 133 booths.
Vietnamese and Japanese artists have been together in performances to entertain visitors.-VNA