On October 25th, artists who attended “The 2nd Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival~Kono Heiwa wo Yume mite~” in Hanoi, Vietnam earlier this month visited the Prime Minister’s official residence, where they received a letter of appreciation from two notable public figures: Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura Osamu and Sugi Ryotaro, the special ambassador for Japan and Vietnam.
This letter was drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to thank those artists who participated in the music festival for their significant contributions to the cultural exchange between Japan and Vietnam. The Minister for Foreign Affairs was originally supposed to hand out the documents, however the Chief Cabinet Secretary did it instead due to scheduling conflicts.
At the ceremony, 15 artists including Godai Natsuko, AKB48’s Takahashi Minami and Watanabe Mayu, Koda Kumi, EXILE, AAA, and w-inds. attended.
As the group’s representative, EXILE’s HIRO said, “We are thankful to receive this honored letter. We will continue to try our best through entertainment. Also, I truly respect Sugi-san’s great feat.”
After the ceremony, AKB48’s Takahashi Minami commented, “I don’t think I will get another opportunity to visit this place [the prime minister's official residence] in my entire life. I’m honored to receive this wonderful prize.” She continued with a smile, “I was very nervous.” Koda Kumi also said, “This is like a dream. Thank you very much.”