The government on Tuesday presented letters of appreciation to all-girl pop group AKB48, singer Kumi Koda and all-male pop group EXILE for their contribution to fostering Japan-Vietnam relations by performing at a concert in Vietnam on Oct 9.
The concert was part of the second Japanese-Vietnamese music festival of friendship at Hanoi Opera House. It was broadcast live in Vietnam.
AKB48 were cheered on by about 3,000 fans who sang and danced along with the group. Also representing Japan besides AKB48, Koda and EXILE were goodwill ambassadors, folk singer Natsuko Godai and actor Ryotaro Sugi.
At Tuesday's ceremony, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura handed letters to the singers and said Japan was proud of them and their contribution to Japan-Vietnam ties, Sankei Shimbun reported.© Japan Today