The university held a general meeting of the “Club of Friends of Toyama” - the association of Toyama Prefecture (Japan) and Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. At the meeting, each of the partners put forward several interesting proposals to strengthen relationship and to develop the club.
The Club of Friends of Toyama was founded in 2017 as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of friendship and cooperation between Toyama Prefecture and the Primorsky Krai region. The club includes people of different professions, united by ties with Japan.
Minori Kusan, head of the international relationship department at Toyama Prefecture, spoke about the work done:
- Thank you very much, ladies gentlemen, for taking the time for our meeting in this warm company. Our relationship resulted in various programs and education in Toyama Prefecture. We also launched a charter flight to Vladivostok in order to strengthen our friendship. In December, we expect the local musical theater, study tours will be held.
The Vladivostok side had several proposals for the future development of the club and friendly relationship in general. The future plans include an international fair of traditional sweets and confectionery of two nations. From May 5 to May 13, 2020, the partners plan to organize a festival-market at the same time with the cherry blossoming. During the event, various contests will be held: a speech contest in Japanese, a photo contest of landscape sites, etc. The main prize will be a week-long trip to Toyama Prefecture.
It was offered to the Japanese side to distribute the pine trees of Toyama Prefecture. The main goal is the introduction of technologies of architectural cultivation, the use of many years’ experience in growing and courting in an urban environment.
Also, friends offered to make club meetings more frequent, to make them seasonal. The meeting was summed up by the president of the club Gennady Lazarev:
- We meet during very interesting and important events. Congratulations on your new era Reiwa, the new emperor. For a long time we have developed very friendly and partnership relationship.
We are proud and appreciate that it is on the territory of our university the monuments of Japanese culture are located, such as the Marimoto garden and Sakura alley. These are favorite recreation places for guests and residents of Vladivostok. We thank our Japanese friends for such an attitude and we hope to further strengthen our relationship with joint projects.