Phan Boi Chau, a leader of independence movement in Viet Nam secretly came to Japan in 1905. He was adviced by Liang Qichao, a Chinese journalist, historian who also fled to Japan that young Vietnamese should come to Japan and study very hard for the independence and to seek Japanese support. It was just when Russo-Japan War was won by Japan and the fervence of the winning of the East was still remaining. About 300 young
Vietnamese came to Japan, including Cuong De, a prince of Annan dynasty. Okuma Shigenobu, Miyazaki Toten, and Asaba Sakitaro(a medical doctor in Shizuoka) helped their stay in Japan. Though Japan won the Russo-Japan War, but Japan could not get even a penny of the war reparation from Russia, and its government faced serious budget deficit. Japan asked 3million Franc loan and in return French demanded the hand over of the Vietnamese independence movement leaders and students. Japanese governmet officials helped the hidings of the Vietnamese. Those revolutionaries later returned to their home country and continued the resistance in their homeland.
Recently monument of the Phan Boi Cha was erected at the old capital of Viet Nam Fue
and the fact should be remembered for ever that Japan helped the independence of VietNam.