The negotiation delegation of Vietnam was led by Lieutenant General Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs and Administrative, Judicial Reforms under the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security while the Japanese delegation was led by Mr. Saita Yukio, Head of the Southeast Asia Division 1 of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Justice and the National Police Agency, as of June 2017, as many as 232,562 Vietnamese people studied, lived and worked in Japan, accounting for about 9.4 % of the total foreigners, the fourth largest foreigner community in the country. According to the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam and Vietnamese authorities, as of October 2017, there were about 17,266 Japanese people living and working in Vietnam.
At the negotiation, the two sides affirmed that such an agreement on transfer of sentenced persons between Vietnam and Japan would allow citizens of one country committing crimes and being sentenced by the other to serve the remaining sentence in their home country as well as facilitate their rehabilitation after their sentences.
The agreement reflects the humane policy of the Vietnamese State, as well as the Party’s guidance on strengthening international cooperation in legislation and law-enforcement. This would also contribute to deepening the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in the context that the two countries held many activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan (1973 - 2018). The signing of the agreement is expected to accelerate Vietnam's implementation of commitments of international organizations and multilateral treaties. This agreement will also strengthen and improve the legal basis for the two countries' competent agencies to implement transfer of sentenced persons.
Based on the good outcomes of the first negotiation round in January 2019 in Tokyo, the two sides expected to conclude the second round of negotiations on March 19, 2019. The outcomes of the negotiations will be reported to the competent authorities of the two countries to complete the domestic legal procedures and make necessary preparations for the signing of the Agreement in the near future.