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Japanese national praised for fostering Vietnam-Japan ties

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Consulate General of Japan in HCMC on December 22 held a ceremony to present a certificate of merit to Ino Mayu, founder of the non-governmental organization Seed To Table, for fostering Vietnam-Japan ties through agricultural innovation.

The event took place at the Consulate General of Japan in HCMC, featuring Ono Masuo, Japanese Consul General in HCMC, Nguyen Phuoc Thien, vice chairman of Dong Thap’s People’s Committee, and Doan Van Danh, director of Ben Tre’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Masuo said that such a certificate is presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan to individuals and organizations with exceptional accomplishments across various domains and significant contributions to fostering relations and friendship between Japan and other nations.

Ino Mayu is among those honored to receive a certificate of merit in the Reiwa 5, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam.

Her efforts over the past 27 years in Vietnam have played an important role in introducing Japanese organic agricultural techniques to Vietnam and beyond, thereby contributing to the improvement of the lives of Vietnamese farmers.

Ino’s work has facilitated the spread of knowledge about organic agriculture among the Vietnamese population, particularly benefiting students and the younger generation, bringing them closer to Japan, he added.

The leaders of Dong Thap and Ben Tre provinces express hopes for ongoing support from the Consulate General of Japan and the Seed to Table Organization in the future, aiming to alter the perceptions of locals and agricultural producers to advance sustainability and enhance resilience to climate change.

Ino Mayu pose for a photo with Nguyen Phuoc Thien (L), vice chairman of Dong Thap’s People’s Committee, and Doan Van Danh (R), director of Ben Tre’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Ino mentioned that her contributions to Vietnamese agriculture and the diplomatic relationship between the two countries may seem modest but hold great significance in her life. She expressed hope for the continued development of the relationship between Vietnam and Japan in the future.

Ino Mayu founded the Seed to Table Organization in 2009 after visiting Vietnam as a student in 1995.

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