Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of AEON Environment Fund, Mr Takuya Okada shared that in 2016, the Hanoi People's Committee announced to host a "One Million Trees Planting Project" to improve the living environment for the people. Aiming to create more green space as well as creating beautiful sceneries for people and visitors to watch the blooming cherry blossom, AEON Environment Fund and the Hanoi city have decided to plant 3,000 Cherry trees at Hoa Binh park. These are the seedlings of the ancient Cherry trees in Japan, which were moved from Fukuoka province. These trees were planted and tested in Dien Bien province to suitable for soil and climate before being planted at Hoa Binh Park. Thus, during six years in Vietnam, AEON has planted 90,000 cherry trees, including 75,000 trees in Lang Co (Thua Thien Hue province) and 15,000 trees in Ba Vi, Hanoi.
According to Chairman of AEON Environment Fund, Mr. Takuya Okada, this is one activities continuing the success of the Japan Cultural Exchange Program and the Cherry Blossom Exhibition in Hanoi in 2017, especially after the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between representatives of Hanoi City and AEON Group on continuing to develop and invest in Trade Center (in Duong Noi ward, Ha Dong district) with estimated investment capital of USD 200 million in the framework of the seminar "Exchange of investment promotion and tourism between Hanoi and Japan" took place on March 10th.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee, Mr Nguyen Duc Chung welcomed the initiative and expressed his gratitude to AEON Group, AEON Environment Fund for donating 3,000 Cherry trees to Hanoi. "This is a practical work of AEON Group to implement effectively the commitment on protecting environment when investing in Hanoi as well as accompany with the Program of planting 1 million trees of the city," Chairman of the People's Committee Hanoi, Mr Nguyen Duc Chung emphasized.
Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee, Mr Nguyen Duc Chung expressed his belief that the program would achieve success and affirmed: “The green of 15.000 trees, that has been planted by AEON Environment Fund in Ba Vi National Park and Cherry Blossom in Hoa Binh Park, is a proof of AEON’s commitment and a practical activity to protect the environment, thereby contributing to the adornment of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in general and in the close cooperation between Hanoi and AEON Group in particular.
On this occasion, Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung informed the investment project of AEON Group on building a Commercial Center (in Duong Noi ward, Ha Dong district) with a total investment capital of US $ 200 million, which is approved by City; at the same time, hoped that the Group would continue investing and implementing similar projects in Hanoi and Vietnam.
Interim Representative of the Embassy of Japan Jun Yanagi expressed his pleasure towards the cooperation between AEON Group and Hanoi City has been developing more and more closely and effectively. He also affirmed that the activities of AEON Group not only contribute to environmental protection for Hanoi but also contribute to the development of friendship between Japan and Vietnam.
After that, the Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung joined the delegates, volunteers, students to plant 130 Cherry Blossom trees in Hoa Binh park, starting to implement the planting of 3,000 Cherry Blossom trees here.