47th Anniversary of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh is observed in a befitting manner by the Embassy
The 47th Anniversary of Independence and National Day was observed by the Embassy in a befitting manner. The day-long program was composed of three segments: morning segment, National Day reception and Special reception for Bangladesh community in Japan.
The morning program began with hoisting of national flag. It was followed by observing one-minute silence in remembrance of the martyrs; offering special prayer; and reading out of messages issued by the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, and Hon’ble Foreign Minister.
H.E. the Ambassador hosted a reception at Hotel Okura from 1200-1400 hours on the occasion. H.E. Mr. Kazuyuki NAKANE, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan was present at the program as Chief Guest; Mr. Ichiro Tsukada, Member, House of Councilors and Secretary General, Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League attended the program as Special Guest. H.E. Mr. Taro Aso, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of the Government of Japan and Chairman of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League issued a message on the occasion. Mr. Ichiro Tsukada, MP read out the message on behalf of H.E. Mr. Taro Aso. Copy of both the statements are attached.
In her welcome address, H.E. the Ambassador provided a brief overview of the achievements of Bangladesh in its development efforts and highlighted the recent graduation of Bangladesh from LDC to developing country. The Chief Guest, in his address, highlighted the friendship between Bangladesh and Japan and reiterated of Japan’s commitment to the development of Bangladesh. Both the Chief Guest and H.E. Mr. Taro Aso highly appreciated the response of Bangladesh to provide support to the displaced Myanmar nationals in their statements. He also mentioned that Japanese companies are attracted by the steady growth rate of over 6% of Bangladesh. The reception was attended by around three hundred guests that include Ministers, Members of Parliaments, Japanese high officials, ambassadors and members of diplomatic community in Tokyo, members of Japanese civil society and think-tanks among others.
The Japan News and The Japan Times, two leading national English dailies of Japan, brought out respectively two full page and two and half page special supplements to commemorate the day. Copies of the supplements will be sent vide diplomatic bags.
A separate reception in honor of the Bangladesh community in Japan was also held in the evening at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Mission. The reception was attended by over a hundred of cross-section of members of Bangladesh community in Japan.