The Japan-Viet Nam Joint Research on Rare Earths is a project to support the development of rare earth in Vietnam by providing exploration and smelting technologies from the government and private-sector companies in Japan. The project is conducted in accordance with the memorandum on the Research and Technical Collaboration in the Areas of Mining and Development of Rare Earth Resources in Vietnam, which was concluded by the governments of both countries in 2011.
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), which played a key role, and several private-sector companies from Japan took part in the project. Engineers of Nippon Yttrium Co., Ltd., a Group company of Mitsui Kinzoku, were engaged in the collaborative research on the separation and refinement of rare earth from ore processing for five years from 2011 to March 2016. During this period, they were assigned to conduct solvent extraction separation and refinement tests for collecting rare earth. Nippon Yttrium received an award at a ceremonial gathering for the joint research project held at the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam on April 15 in recognition for their contribution to technical guidance in the collection of rare earth and the cultivation of engineers.