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Awarding “For Peace and Friendship among nations” medal to Mr. Hida Harumitsu

(HUFO) On the morning of 28th February, at the Friendship House, the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO) celebrated a ceremony on awarding the medal “For Peace and Friendship among nations” to Mr. Hida Harumitsu – Japanese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) - thanks to his remarkable contribution.



Attending the ceremony were Mr. Le Hung Quoc –Chairman of HUFO, Mr. Le Quang Long – Deputy Director of HCMC Department of External Relations, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh – Vice Chairwoman of Overseas Vietnamese Committee in HCM City, Mrs. Doan Thuy Ha – Vice Chairwoman of Representative Office of VUFO in the South, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tanh – HCMC Chairman of Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association, Mr. Hida Harumitsu – Japanese Consul General in HCMC and his spouse.

Giving a speech at the ceremony, Mr. Le Hung Quoc extended his congratulations to Mr. Hida Harumitsu and his spouse, and mentioned his outstanding contribution in culture, economy and education. It included of participating in cultural exchange activities which were held by HCMC Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, HUFO and some provinces such as Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Kien Giang, Dong Nai, promoting Japanese culture and art exchange in Vietnam, supporting Vietnam human resources development through scholarships, initiating and assisting the humanitarian projects for health care, education, social welfare and environment in HCMC and some southern provinces. Especially, in 2013, on the occasion the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan, Mr. Hida Harumitsu held numerous events in HCMC such as Japanese Sake wine introduction, Vietnam – Japan Friendship Vessel, Japanese film week, Japanese food festival, etc.



Touched by Vietnamese people’s affection, Mr. Hida Harumitsu shared, “I think this medal is not only for me but also for the staff of Japanese Consulate General, and everyone that made a positive contribution to the development of Japan – Vietnam relations. I love Vietnam because Vietnam is my second hometown. Although I come back to Japan, I will always wish Vietnam every success and prosperity. Moreover, I will try my best to promote the relations between Vietnam and Japan”.

Mr. Hida Harumitsu really loves the songs of Trinh Cong Son, a famous Vietnamese songwriter, so students of HCMC Open University performed some famous ones for him. Besides, Mr. Hida Harumitsu also sang his favorite song “Que huong tuoi tho toi” (My homeland – My childhood) in Vietnamese that made the ceremony more jolly and significant.

Once again, HUFO congratulated Mr. Hida Harumitsu, wished him good health and happiness, and hoped that in his new position, he would carry on participating in friendship activities with Vietnam to strengthen the good relations between Vietnamese and Japanese peoples.



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