Politburo member Chinh, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group (VJFPG), lauded the sound relations between the two countries’ legislative bodies, including the cooperation between the VJFPG and the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance. He affirmed that the Vietnamese National Assembly supports the development of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership towards practical outcomes. The Party official said Vietnam and Japan are celebrating 45 years of their diplomatic relations (1973 – 2018), a period that has marked significant cooperation achievements across the fields of politics, socio-economy, culture, education, and people-to-people exchange. He noted that as Vietnam is working with Japan in human resources training and administrative reform, the country wishes to receive support from Japanese parliamentarians to ensure that joint projects in the two fields are implemented effectively, he added. He took the occasion to send his sympathy to flood victims in Japan, believing that the country would soon recover from the disaster. For his part, Kawamura Takeo, who is also Vice Chairman of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, agreed that bilateral ties are thriving in various fields from politics and economy, to culture and education. He said he expects Vietnam to continue providing favorable conditions for Japanese investors operating in the country.