According to the Associated Press, Tokyo and Hanoi intend to cooperate in the field of security, work on the transfer of defense equipment and technology, as well as discuss Japan's new program aimed at military assistance to developing countries in the region.

Japan and Vietnam expect their bilateral relations to become a "comprehensive strategic partnership" that will take their cooperation to a new level.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministers of Japan and South Korea, Yoko Kamikawa and Park Jin, condemned the launch of the DPRK's satellite on November 21.