Bun bo Hue served in Japanese schools

Saturday, 30/04/2022 10:01
Bun Bo Hue, a type of spicy beef noodle soup, has been put on the lunch menus of 35 Japanese elementary and secondary schools in Saijo city of Ehime Prefecture in the northwest of Shikoku Island, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

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Japanese schools add Bun Bo Hue to lunch menu.

Before enjoying their lunch at school, Japanese students will have the chance to watch a video introducing the typical cultural characteristics of Hue.

The move is part of efforts being made by Saijo and Hue cities to strengthen friendly ties which were established back in 2018. Over recent years, they have implemented a wide range of cultural and educational exchange activities.

Japanese media describes the food as a specialty of Hue, with the main ingredients being rice flour and beef. It noted that Japanese students were very satisfied with the taste of the dish.

Americans view Vietnam as safer now than before pandemic

A new study highlights the views of tourists from the United States who view many Asian nations as safer travel destinations now than they did four years ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the Voice of Vietnam according to the US newswire CNBC.

Tourists visit the ancient city of Hue in the central province of Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

The Republic of Korea (RoK), Singapore, Thailand, Japan, China, and Vietnam all rose in the annual safety rankings published by travel insurance provider Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.

The survey was done as part of the 2022 “State of Travel Insurance Report” and showed that some of America’s favourite travel destinations in Europe and the Caribbean , such as Italy, the Bahamas, Spain, Jamaica, and the UK, all lost ground in terms of perceived travel safety.

Most notably, omen and millennials were more likely to view Asian destinations as safer, according to the survey.

Following Iceland which came first, millennials ranked the RoK and Thailand as the next two safest travel destinations in the world. Composite scores also showed they view Vietnam, placed at sixth, to be slightly safer than Greece in seventh.

Millennials, those currently between 27 and 42 years old, also rated Singapore top for “overall safety” in the city survey, ahead of Montreal and Amsterdam.

Carol Mueller, vice president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, said the rankings could have been affected by a change in survey methodology for this year.

Vietnam has welcomed international tourists since November 2021. (Photo: HNMO)

“Only people who had actually visited a destination could weigh in on its safety,” she said, “From a distance, it’s easy to think that European countries are safer. But, people who’ve actually visited many Asian countries know first-hand how safe they are.”

Many of the Asian nations that rose in the rankings were praised by medical experts for the tactics employed during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following Abu Dhabi, Singapore ranked second and Seoul third in terms of global rankings by the London-based analytical agency Deep Knowledge Analytics which analysed pandemic responses across 72 cities.

Both countries, alongside Japan, have some of the lowest COVID-related death rates in the world among nations with at least 1,000 reported cases, according to the data research website Statista.

Vietnam placed 56th in Chandler Good Government Index 2022

Vietnam has been placed third among low-middle-income nations and 56th globally out of 104 ranked countries in the Chandler Good Government Index (CGGI) 2022 freshly released by the Singaporean-based Chandler Institute of Governance on April 28, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Accordingly, Vietnam made good improvement in the categories of income equality and investment attraction, up 33 and 18 places annually to be in the 42nd and 39th positions, respectively.

The country also performed well in satisfaction with public services (at 15th place) and gender equality (27th).

Meanwhile, its strong performance in the Attractive Marketplace (34th) and Helping People Rise (43rd) indicators reflected the Vietnamese Government’s focus on advancing the national economy and ensuring a more just society.

By using more than 50 publicly available global data sources, the CGGI, first released last year, measures the capabilities and effectiveness of governments in 104 countries, covering close to 90 percent of the world population.

This year's index specifically highlighted the importance of the rule of law, intellectual property rights, and corruption combat, while assessing the impact of governance capacity on a country's ability to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEA Games 31: Firework show planned for opening ceremony

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has approved the organization of a fireworks display at the opening ceremony of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, on May 12, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

The display should not last longer than 15 minutes, the Deputy PM said in document 2704/VPCP-KGVX dated April 28, 2022.

He assigned the People’s Committee of Hanoi to direct the organization of the fireworks display and coordinate with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and relevant agencies in the process./.


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