91-year-old Nakamura Nobuko, a Japanese woman who dearly loved her Vietnamese husband, pioneering agriculturist Luong Dinh Cua (1920 – 1975), is certain that her love for Vietnam helped their love blossom. The pioneering agriculturalist 91-year-old Nakamura Nobuko, a Japanese woman who dearly loved her Vietnamese husband, pioneering agriculturist Luong Dinh Cua (1920 – 1975), is certain that her love for Vietnam helped their love blossom. Nobuko met and fell in love with Luong Dinh Cua, a renowned agriculturist who later became a groundbreaking farmer. “Since 2011, I haven’t returned to Japan. I’ll be living here until I die. Some thousand people, including my kids, keep asking me why I chose to stay in Vietnam for good though I’m still of Japanese nationality. My answer is simple: as a married woman I stay where my husband was,” she shared in Vietnamese. An everlasting cross-border romance Nobuko’s reminiscences are depictive of … [Read more...] about The Japanese wife of a Vietnam agriculturist
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Inner Sanctum Life of Pi brings honour to translator Vietnamese literary judges and readers have honoured translator Trinh Lu for communicating the style, sense of humour, and deep layers of humanity and philosophy of Yann Martel’s award winning novel, Life of Pi. Nguyen Minh Huyen reports. Two years after Life of Pi took the Man Booker Prize, Trinh Lu earned the Ha Noi Writers’ Association Award for a Translated Book in 2004 and then won the Viet Nam Writers’ Association Official Award for a Translated Book in 2005. After graduating from the Mining Department of the Ha Noi University of Technology, Trinh Lu (real name Trinh Huu Tuan) took a job at Radio Voice of Viet Nam in 1970 as an English programme announcer for 16 years. He moved to New York in 1987 and worked in a number of positions after completing a master’s degree in communications at Cornell University. In 2002, his children had already gone to university; Trinh Lu decided his time in the US was … [Read more...] about Life of Pi brings honour to translator
Flood of smuggled, fake goods on national market (26-01-2005) HCM CITY — Trade fraud and smuggling are still big concerns of market managers, producers and consumers in Viet Nam, according to the Market Control Department. The department said that 2004 saw an equal or greater number of cases involving trade fraud and smuggling than previous years. Last year, market control units nationwide settled over 62,000 cases that showed signs of trade fraud and smuggling, and confiscated a total VND170 billion (US$10.8 million) in goods, it says. Of the figure, 14,170 people were involved in smuggling, a year-on-year decrease of 10 per cent. Meanwhile, those that were found to trade or produce fake or sub-standard goods were 5,977, up by one per cent compared with last year. According to a Customs General Department report, local customs agencies in 2004 seized nearly 12,000 smuggling cases and confiscated a volume of illegally imported goods worth VND500 billion. In addition to … [Read more...] about Flood of smuggled, fake goods on national market
Fines fail to stem tide of imitation goods (23-06-2009) HA NOI — Weak penalties for distributing imitation goods and overlapping authority by various agencies assigned to control the market have made enforcement of intellectual property and consumer protection laws difficult, according to the deputy head of the Ha Noi’s market watch department, Nguyen Hong Bao. Recently, an anti-counterfeit police team in the city, in collaboration with market watch forces, discovered businesses producing tissues in Ha Noi and neighbouring provinces bearing false trademarks. The economic police department (PC15) discovered the Ngoc Lan Co in Ninh Hiep Commune in Ha Noi’s Gia Lam District in possession of over 13,000 boxes of tissues bearing the brand name My Lan. The My Lan Co has rights to the registered trademark, which My Lan deputy director Tran Dinh Thi says took years to establish in the marketplace. Many enterprises were now taking advantage of the established trademark to … [Read more...] about Fines fail to stem tide of imitation goods
VietNamNet Bridge – The advantage of Chinese goods are the cheap prices, whileThai goods have good quality, and both are popular with Vietnamese customers, according to Dr. Le Dang Doanh, former Director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). A Thai shop in Hanoi. Appreciating the development potential of the Vietnam market, many Thai investors have increased investment in Vietnam through the acquisition of shares in domestic companies and expanding investments in the field of retail. Most recently, Power Buy bought a 49% stake in Nguyen Kim, one of the biggest electronics distributors in Vietnam. Earlier, Robinson Department Store opened the first supermarket in Royal City building in Hanoi. Berli Jucker Corporation (BJC), which is owned by Thailand's third richest man (according to Forbes), spent nearly $880 million to acquire the Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam. Berli Jucker also bought retailer FamilyMart (Japan) in a joint venture with Phu Thai Group … [Read more...] about Opponents of Vietnamese goods: Thai or Chinese products?