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Music festival marks 45 years of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties

A music festival celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan took place in Hanoi on September 9.

The festival was co-organised by Vietnam Television (VTV), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and Vietnam-Japan and Japan-Vietnam Special Ambassador Ryotaro Sugi talked about the bilateral friendship and cultural exchange that date back to nearly 1,300 years ago. 

Cultural similarities and links between the two nations throughout history have laid a firm foundation for the current extensive strategic partnership, they said.

A series of myriad activities, including the music festival, have been held in Vietnam and Japan to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations, thus boosting mutual trust and understanding between the two nations.

VTV General Director Tran Binh Minh said the idea of organising the music festival began a year ago in preparation for the celebration.