Ambassador Vu Hong Nam presented prize to Nguyen My Hung (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam said that in recent times, the number of Vietnamese people in Japan is increasing.

At present, the Vietnamese community is the third largest foreign community in Japan.

The Ambassador hoped that the table tennis tournament will help boost cohesion among Vietnamese people living, studying and working in Japan, as well as stimulate the spirit of sports in the community, thereby contributing to building a healthy and united Vietnamese community in the Land of the Rising Sun.

For his part, Mr. Tatsuya Nishizaki, President of Tanaka Group, one of sponsors of this tournament, said that table tennis is loved by many young Japanese. Through this tournament, the young Vietnamese can show their ability. Besides, they can exercise and make friends.

The tournament was participated in by 32 athletes from Vietnam’s representative agencies, Vietnamese students and laborers in provinces and cities throughout Japan.

In the end, the pair of Nguyen Tung, a trainee and Phan Tung, an engineer, from Osaka, won the first prize in the men's doubles; Nguyen My Hung, a student from Teikyo University in Tokyo, won the men's singles championship.

According to statistics of the Japan’s Bureau of Immigration and Accommodation Management, by July 2019, the total number of Vietnamese people living in Japan was 371,755 people.

Notably, in recent times, the number of Vietnamese trainees in Japan has increased sharply to nearly 190,000, accounting for 51.67% of the total number of foreigners residing in the country./.