Cooperation between Hai Phong city and Kagawa prefecture (Japan)

I. Kagawa at a glance
  1. Area: 1.876 km2
  2. Population: around 950,000 inhabitants
  3. Topography: Kagawa is located in the Northwest of Shikoku island. Kagawa is the smallest prefecture in Japan and has played a central role among 04 prefectures located in the Shikoku island. As a peninsula, Kagawa has strength in aquaculture and seafood processing, possessing great tourism protentials with various interesting sightseeing spots.
  4. Famous destinations and festivals

Ritsurin Park: Ritsurin Park in Takamatsu City, covering an area of 16ha, has been considered as one of the most beautiful parks and the biggest park cultural heritage in Japan. In fact, the Ritsurin Park got voted 03 stars in the French reputable magazine “Michelin Green Guide Japan”.

Kotohiragu Temple: was built in memory of sailors and seafarers. Visitors have to climb up 785 stairs to reach the main temple and 1,368 stairs to get to the inner hall.

Shikoku Aquarium: has been seen as one of the biggest aquarium in the Shikoku island. Inside the aquarium’s exhibition area, the light is designed to change matching the seasons to create a new but genuine sense to visitors when admiring kinds of fishes.

The new central city of Takamatsu - Sunport Takamatsu District:

Takamatsu City is the capital of Kagawa and a gate to Shikoku area. The city is a hub of railway and waterway where national and local government’s events and commercial activities take place.

Setouchi International Art Festival: Contemporary art festival was first organized in 2010 and has been run triennially at Setouchi sea. International artists come to experience local life and create artworks bolding history and culture.

II. Cooperation between Hai Phong and Kagawa

Delegation of Vietnam – Japan Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Kagawa Prefecture paid a working visit to Hai Phong in 2012.

Friendship and cooperation between Hai Phong City and Kagawa Prefecture began in 2005. The both sides’ relation has been tightened through cooperative activities in different fields, particularly in health care, human resource education and training.

Vice Chairman of the City People’s Committee Nguyen Van Thanh hosted a courtesy meeting with Kagawa Prefecture’s delegation led by Mr. Nishihara Yoshikazzu – Vice Mayor on the occasion of the Red Flamboyant Festival 2018

In education and training field, Union of of Kagawa professional schools and Anabuki Business College (Anabuki Institute) signed a cooperation agreement with Hai Phong Industrial Vocation College and Hai Phong Polytechnic College. Since then, the schools have collaborated in operating student exchanges for practical experience of learning education and training environment, organizing workshop for abroad studying. As a part of the agreement, Hai Phong Medical College is provided with scholarship in nursery under the support of Japan Education Ministry and relevant units in Kagawa.

MoU signing ceremony between Hai Phong Medical College and the Union of Kagawa professional schools and Anabuki Business College (Anabuki Institute)

In terms of health care, with the support of Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in the 2011 – 2019 period, Hai Phong and Kagawa Prefecture had successfully implementing two projects: “Hai Phong’s human resource development in health care sector” (2011 - 2014) and “Developing scheme for lifestyle diseases prevention (2016 - 2019), which contributed to enhancing local dwellers’ living standard and also tightening cooperation between the two localities.

Nguyen Minh Trang - Department of Foreign Affairs

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