Japan has appointed popular actor and singer Ryotaro Sugi as special
ambassador to promote the 40th anniversary of the cooperative ties
between Japan and ASEAN member nations.
Sugi, 68, will
engage in promotional campaigns for a musical festival, due to start in
Tokyo in November as part of activities to commemorate the anniversary.
After meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio
Kishida, Sugi told reporters that ASEAN is the most important region
for Japan, and he wants to develop cultural exchanges between the two
Known for his roles in numerous samurai dramas,
Sugi also contributed to the Vietnam – Japan friendship in his capacity
as a special envoy.-VNA