Overseas Vietnamese in Fukuoka donate to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at a ceremony reviewing the campaign held on September 16, the Consul General of Vietnam in Fukuoka Vu Binh sincerely thanked the Vietnamese community as well as Japanese friends and partners and international friends for their support and contributions for Vietnam at a time when Vietnam is in need of the most help. These contributions are of immense value, he affirmed.

In a congratulatory letter sent to the event, member of the House of Representatives of Japan Tomioka Tsutomu, President of the Nagasaki-Vietnam Friendship Association, expressed his sharing and sympathy for the government and people of Vietnam amid the current difficulties. He affirmed that the people of Nagasaki will accompany the Vietnamese people to fight the pandemic so that they can soon resume travel activities and exchanges between the two sides.

Member of Japan’s House of Representatives Oniki Makoto sent a congratulatory message to the ceremony, in which he highly appreciated the efforts of the parties in this fundraising campaign, and expressed his hope that the contributions and support at this time will contribute positively to helping Vietnam soon repel the pandemic.

For his part, Mr. Furukawa Hironobu, Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Fukuoka Prefecture, expressed his pleasure at seeing the very positive results of this campaign. He said that the Fukuoka government has actively informed about the campaign and mobilized local businesses, organizations and individuals to contribute and support. In addition, Mr. Hironobu emphasized that this positive result shows the concern, closeness and sincere sharing spirit of Japanese people, businesses and organizations toward Vietnam.

Present at the ceremony, Mr. Urabe Mikihiko, Director of Kuchugiken Joint Stock Company in Fukuoka Prefecture, told the touching story that led to the decision to donate 1 million JPY to Vietnam's COVID-19 Vaccine Fund. He said that the company has 62 Vietnamese employees, accounting for about 20% of the total employees. When the pandemic just broke out, Japan faced a lot of difficulties because of a shortage of masks and medical equipment. At that time, the company received more than 2,000 medical masks from its Vietnamese partner. That gift helped protect the employees’ health of the company and helped the company maintain production and business activities.

It is expected that in the coming time, the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka will continue to coordinate with organizations and associations of Vietnamese people in the region to carry out the second phase of the fundraising campaign to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund.

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka is in charge of the consular area covering Japan’s 8 southwestern prefectures, including Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita, Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Okinawa./.