Government thanks J-pop stars for Vietnam performance

October 26, 2011

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Oct. 25 presented a letter of gratitude to Japanese artists who performed at the 2nd Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival on Oct. 9 in Hanoi.

The letters, thanking the artists for promoting cultural exchanges between the two nations, were given to Japanese idol group AKB48, pop dancing group Exile, popular female singer Kumi Koda and others at the prime minister's office.

The exchange event, proposed by Japanese actor Ryotaro Sugi, was held at the Hanoi Opera House.

"We want to continue to contribute to society by entertaining people," Hiro, the leader of Exile, said at a news conference following the letter presentation.

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Exile leader Hiro speaks at an Oct. 25 news conference after receiving a letter of gratitude at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. (Satoru Semba)

Exile leader Hiro speaks at an Oct. 25 news conference after receiving a letter of gratitude at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. (Satoru Semba)

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  • Exile leader Hiro speaks at an Oct. 25 news conference after receiving a letter of gratitude at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. (Satoru Semba)

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