‘Japan a time-tested friend’

Staff Correspondent

15 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

CHATTOGRAM: Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin said Japan is one of the best and most time-tested friends of Bangladesh.

He said this while addressing as the chief guest at ‘Japanese Cultural Exhibition and Workshop’ jointly organised by Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh and ‘Bangladesh Ikebana Association’ at Hotel Agrabad in the city on Saturday afternoon.

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki also attended the programme sponsored by Japanese Association in Chattogram. AUW Japanese Circle Club and Nippon Academy also assisted in the programme.

The Mayor Nasir in his speech said that the both countries have been working as development partner for several decades through economic cooperation, social development and cultural exchanges.

He hoped that the relationships between the countries will be strengthened further in future.

Addressing the programme, the Ambassador Ito Naoki said the exhibition aimed at showcasing Japanese cultures from traditional to contemporary and pop.

“The event will inspire the participants to be more interested in Japan and motivate them to go and see Japan with their own eyes,” he said.

Japan and Bangladesh have developed deep bilateral bonds encompassing economic, cultural and educational aspects, said the ambassador.

“Students with tremendous talent and ability from this area are continuously receiving Japanese government scholarships for their merits while AOTS-HIDA, Chattogram has been sending around 60 young professionals to Japan every year for training programmes,” he said.

“This amicable relationship especially in the field of education and culture will be enhanced further in coming years,” he hoped.

“We will be celebrating the Bangabandhu’s centenary in 2020 while 50th anniversary of Bangladesh independence, and Japan and Bangladesh diplomatic relationship in the 2021 and 2022 respectively,” he said.

“I am sure that people of Japan and Bangladesh will come much closer year by year,” he added.

A cultural programme performed by Dhaka-based Japanese music group ‘Bajan Beat’ also held there.

Different items showcasing Japanese culture were displayed at the exhibition.