Japan and Vietnam have developed the "Strategic Partnership for the Peace and Prosperity of Asia (October 2006)". The two countries maintain good economic relationship. However, more effort should be made to strengthen bilateral relationship in order to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Accordingly, as part of the "Security Dialogues and Defense Exchanges between Japan and Asian Countries" project, a 14-member (12 Army, 1 Navy, 1 Air force) delegation of active field officers from the People's Army of Vietnam headed by a Vietnamese General visited Japan, by SPF's invitation from November 30 to December 6, 2014.
While in Japan, the delegation paid courtesy calls on the Vice Minister of Defense, the Director General, Bureau of Defense Policy and the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, and visited the National Institute for Defense Studies (Meguro), the Middle Army HQ, Ground Self-Defense Force (Itami), the Kure District, Maritime Self-Defense Force (Kure), and the Officer Candidate School, Air Self-Defense Force (Nara).
When visiting the Ground Self-Defense Forces, in addition to paying a courtesy call on the Middle Army Commanding General, the delegation also was briefed on the equipment involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) from the infantry regiment and Middle Army Medical Service. When visiting the Maritime Self-Defense Forces, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the commandant of Kure District and was given a chance to take a look at the Hyuga-class destroyer "ISE". In addition, the delegation visited the officer candidate school to learn about education and the training for young officers in the Air Self-Defense Force.
Between visits to each of the Self-Defense Force, the delegation visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Kyoto and Nara, and came into contact with Japanese history and culture.