The glorious Victory Day 2023 was observed in Tokyo with much enthusiasm and fervor.This morning (16-12-2023, Saturday) the program started with hoisting of the National Flag with rendition of the National Anthem at the Embassy premises by the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan Shahabuddin Ahmed. Later one-minute silence of respect was observed in the memory of the martyrs of the war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
Later, the invited guests including Bangladeshi expatriates in Japan and the Embassy officials led by Ambassador Shahabuddin Ahmed laid floral wreaths on the portrait of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu auditorium. A special prayer was offered for the peace and salvation of the souls of valiant freedom fighters who made the supreme sacrifices during the liberation war. Besides, messages given on the Victory Day by the President, Prime-Minister, Foreign Minister and State-Minister for Foreign Affairs were read out to the audiences.
In the discussion session, Ambassador Shahabuddin Ahmed solemnly recalled and paid tribute to the greatest Bengali of all time, the architect of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who died on 15 August 1975. He also paid homage to the martyrs of our liberation war, national four leaders, organizers and supporters of liberation war and sacrifices made by the two lacs women who lost their dignity and honor for the country. He said, due to Prime Minister’s hard work and prudent leadership, Bangladesh’s development and progress are now recognized worldwide. The ambassador urged all concerned to contribute more from their respective positions to implement the ‘Vision 2041’ declared by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to turn Bangladesh into a developed, prosperous and knowledge based smart country and to uphold the image of our country abroad.
President of Japan Bangladesh Society Ambassador Masato WATANABE also took part in the discussion. He lauded fifty years of strong relations between the two countries and development of Bangladesh. He hoped that future Bangladesh would be more developed and prosperous. Later leaders of the Bangladesh community and various social and cultural organizations living in Japan participated in the open discussion on the importance of the victory day.
The program ended with screening a video documentary on the liberation war of 1971.