Closing of PHJ-Vietnam projects

PHJ-Vietnam projects were closed in January 2016, after transferring the project administration to the local organizations. We appreciate your warm support and cooperation up to now.
PHJ conducted breast cancer prevention education in cooperation with the local Vietnamese NGO and women’s organizations. PHJ, in consideration of medical demands in Vietnam, extended its successful project model in Thailand. The HIV/AIDS prevention education program directed to university students in Thailand was introduced to a university in Ho Chi Minh City. Then, PHJ  implemented breast cancer prevention education in Hanoi to cope with the increasing breast cancer incidence.


Vietnam is located on the east coast of Indochinese peninsula and functions politically as a socialist republic. The country became independent from France in 1945, and after 30 years of civil war, the Socialist Reopublic of Vietnam was established in 1976. Following the introduction of market economy under Doi Moi policy in 1986, its economy grew steadily until the Asian Economic Crisis. In the 2000’s the economy recovered and the government encouraged the growth of the private business sector. In 2007, the country joined the WTO. Although the country felt effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the government continues to encourage business development and tourism.
Since 1992, Japan has been the largest supporter of Vietnam in economic and technical aids. In addition, cultural exchange remain active between the two countries. In recent years, many Japanese tourists visited Hanoi, Halon, Hue and Ho Chi Minh.

Introduction of projects

Breast Cancer Prevention Education (2011~2016) more
Past Project  (2009-2010) more

Country Information

Vietnam Japan
Area 329,000 sq. km 378,000 sq. km
Population 93.45 million 127 million
Gross national income per capita US$1,890 US$42,000
Ethnic groups Kinh (Viet) 86%, Chinese 1.3%,
53 other groups
Japanese, 98.5%
Ainu, Korean, Chinese
Language Vietnamese Japanese
Religion Buddhist 80%, Catholic 7%,
Cao Dai and others
Shinto + Buddhist 84%, Christian 2%,
Others 7.8%
Life expectancy 76 years 84 years
Fertility rate 2.0 children born/woman 1.4 children born/woman
Literacy 94% 99%
Infant mortality rate 17 / 1000 live births 2 / 1000 live births
Under 5 mortality rate 22 / 1000 3 / 1000
Percentage of 1 year olds
fully immunized against
97% 98%
Maternal mortality rate 54 persons / 100,000 5 persons / 100,000
Skilled attendant
at delivery
94% 100%
HIV/AIDS prevalence
rate (15-49 years)
0.5% Not available

Source: Health indicators from WHO Health Statistics 2016