Japan pays tribute to language martyrs

Diplomatic Correspondent

22 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Japan has paid tribute to the people of Bangladesh who sacrificed their lives to preserve their own language, Bengali.

In a video message on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh ITO Naoki said he is glad to observe the International Mother Language Day from Bangladesh, where this celebration has its origin.

Since the language movement eventually led to the independence of Bangladesh, he said it is very special to share the celebration this year, the 50th anniversary

of the independence of Bangladesh.

“On behalf of the people of Japan, I would like to pay my heartfelt tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives almost 60 years ago, to preserve their own language, Bengali,” he added.

The Japanese Ambassador said that on this day they should be made aware of the fundamental importance of preserving tradition and languages which will help us promote multilingualism.

“It is important not only to appreciate our own mother languages, but also to respect other languages and peoples who have their own identities. In that sense, I believe observing this special day has significant meaning for mutual understanding and promoting peace in both global and local context,” he observed.

Ambassador ITO Naoki said this year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, and the following year 2022 will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan.

“As we reflect on these milestones, it is my earnest hope that cultural and human-to-human interactions between our two countries will continue to grow, and that we will continue to work together to further develop our partnership and friendship in the years to come,” he said.