Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo observed the 48th Anniversary of Independence and National Day in a befitting manner. The program of the day began with hoisting national flag; observing one-minute silence in remembrance of the martyrs; offering special prayer seeking salvation of the departed soul of the martyrs; reading out the messages of Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Foreign Minister and Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs and the rendition of national anthem.
After that programme, the national day reception was held at Hotel Okura where Japanese ministers, diet members, Ambassadors, leading business leaders, think tanks, civil society representatives and a large number of expatriate Bangladesh community members joined . Ms. Toshiko Abe, State Minister for Foreign Affairs graced the occasion as chief guest and Mr. Ichiro Tsukada, State Minister for MLIT read out the message of Mr. Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Japan, who is also the President of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League.
Among others Mr. Yoshitaka Sakurada, Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, State Minister of the Environment, Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary were also present.
H.E. the Ambassador in her welcome speech paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs of our war of independence and the valiant freedom fighters. The Ambassador also gave a broad overview on Bangladesh-Japan relations.