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According to Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Vu Hong Nam, many Vietnamese workers in Japan have lost their jobs as local enterprises suspended their operations.

The embassy, therefore, launched a campaign to support the Vietnamese community by presenting them with food and essential goods.

Mr. Nam said that embassy staff has donated a day’s salary to help Vietnamese workers in Fukushima prefecture who lost their jobs to buy food.

He added that the embassy will continue coordinating with Vietnamese organizations in Japan to carry out campaigns.

Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri, President of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association in Japan, thanked the embassy and Vietnam Airlines for their valuable support.

She said the Vietnamese Buddhist Association has collaborated with the embassy and other organizations to support disadvantaged workers, students, and the unemployed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the immigration and residence management department under Japan’s Ministry of Justice, Vietnamese are the third-largest expatriate community in Japan, at an estimated 411,968 as of the end of 2019, a year-on-year increase of 24.5 percent./.