Japan-Viet Nam Relations

Japan-Viet Nam Relations (Basic Data)

July 1, 2016

Basic Data

Diplomatic relations:

  • Established in September 1973.

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Viet Nam: 13,547 (Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Vietnamese nationals residing in Japan: 146,956 (Dec. 2015)

Trade with Japan (2015):

  • Exports: $14.14 billion (clothing, transportation equipment and machinery)
  • Imports: $14.37 billion (machinery, electronics, computers and accessories)

Direct Investment from Japan (2015):

  • $20.13billion (registered capital)

ODA from Japan (2014):

VIP Visits

From Japan to Viet Nam
YearName
2006 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Taro Aso
2008 Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura
2009 Crown Prince Naruhito
Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone
2010 Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada
Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara
2012 Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba
2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2014 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
2015 President of the House of Councillors Yamazaki Masaaki
2016 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
From Viet Nam to Japan
YearName
2006 Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
2007 Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem
President Nguyen Minh Triet
2008 Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem
Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong
2009 General Secretary Nong Duc Manh
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
2010 Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem
President Nguyen Minh Triet
2011 Permanent Member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee Truong Tan Sang
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
2012 Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
President of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung
2013 Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
2014 Presiden Truong Tan Sang
2015 Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong
2016 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Recent Trends

1 “Extensive Strategic Partnership”

During the official visit to Japan of President Truong Tan Sang as state guest in March 2014, Japan and Viet Nam upgraded the relationship to the “Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia”. Based on this framework and mutual trust, cooperation between the two countries in fields such as security and defense, agriculture, science-technology, education-training, culture, sports, tourism, environment, local-level exchanges, and people-to-people exchanges has been developing in substance, intensity and scope alike.

This initiative started in 2003 to improve the business environment in Viet Nam.

2 Japan-Viet Nam Joint Initiative

This initiative started in 2003 to improve the business environment in Viet Nam. Two governments and the private sector jointly formulated an “action plan” and have been implementing it. Phase 5, completed in December 2014, it earned high evaluation in many fields including customs and intellectual property. Phase6 is scheduled to start in 2016.

3 Japan-Viet Nam Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

In December 2008, Japan and Viet Nam signed the EPA. It is expected that this Agreement will promote the liberalization and facilitation of trade between the two countries in wide-ranging fields.

Regarding movement of natural persons, in accordance with the EPA, Japan has started to accept nurses and care worker candidates from Viet Nam. Japan accepted the first group in June 2014 and they started working at hospitals and nursing homes. In May 2016, The third group of candidates entered in Japan.