VAVA Chairman Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh and officials of the Vietnamese association received the Japanese delegation.

Mr. Kitamura Hajime presents the VAVA a book in Japanese language on the impacts of toxic chemicals and efforts to overcome their consequences.

On this occasion, the delegation learned about the activities of the VAVA over the past time, and expressed their hope to continue to stand side by side and share difficulties with Agent Orange/dioxin victims, as well as overcoming the consequences of toxic chemicals during the war in Vietnam.

Mr. Kitamura Hajime is a Japanese person who sympathizes with and loves Vietnam very much. Since 2002, with the help of the authorities, he got contact with the VAVA to learn about the consequences of toxic chemicals during the Vietnamese resistance war against the U.S. invaders and contribute to easing the pain caused by Agent Orange/dioxin.

Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, every year, the “Japanese people love Vietnam” sent one or two delegations to visit and meet with VAVA representatives and Agent Orange/dioxin victims, and conduct field trips in Northern provinces of Vietnam.

The activities aimed to educate the youths about the consequences of war, especially consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin, which share many similarities with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan), contributing to raising their awareness of the importance of peace and sympathy with toxic chemicals-hit victims.

At the reception, VAVA leaders discussed information related to consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam and measures to overcome them. The VAVA also expressed sincere thanks to the Japanese people for their sentiments and philanthropy.

On this occasion, on behalf of the Japanese delegation, Mr. Kitamura Hajime presented nearly VND 20 million to the Vietnam Agent Orange/dioxin Victims Fund; VND 10 million to the Center for Social Protection for Agent Orange/dioxin Victims; visited and offered money in cash, VND 2.5 million each, to Agent Orange/dioxin victims in provinces of Vinh Phuc and Ninh Binh, and Hai Phong city.

Translated by Minh Anh