Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang have shared concerns over China's activities in the South China Sea.
In a meeting in Tokyo on Thursday, the 2 leaders agreed on the importance of demilitarizing the sea through diplomatic efforts so as to make it a peaceful and stable area.
Abe stressed the importance of making the Indo-Pacific region an international property that brings about peace and prosperity.
He expressed the hope that Japan and Vietnam will forge closer ties in the area of maritime security.
Abe and Quang agreed that UN Security Council sanctions resolutions on North Korea should be fully implemented. They also agreed that their countries will cooperate in resolving the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by the North.
Abe promised that Japan will provide up to 15.6 billion yen, or about 140 million dollars, in yen loans for job training in Vietnam.
In a joint news conference, Abe vowed to promote Japan's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy" to maintain and strengthen the international order.
He added that Japan is ready to cooperate with any country willing to support this strategy.