Documentary on Bangabandhu’s visit to Japan handed over to PM

Japan to invest more in Bangladesh: Envoy

Diplomatic Correspondent

22 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki on Sunday handed over a documentary video to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina containing Bangabandhu’s landmark visit to Japan in 1973.

The video was recorded when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited Japan in 1973 and vividly

shows us every moment of the successful official visit, said the Embassy of Japan in Dhaka.

The Embassy of Japan obtained the video data with enhanced resolution and added Japanese and Bengali subtitles to present to Prime Minister Hasina in commemoration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited Japan from October 18 to 24, 1973 as Prime Minister with his daughter Sheikh Rehana and his son Sheikh Russel.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib met His Majesty Emperor Hirohito and Her Majesty Empress Kojun.

During his stay in Japan, Bangabandhu also had talks with Prime Minister TANAKA Kakuei and Foreign Minister OHIRA Masayoshi. Along with the programmes in Tokyo and its suburbs, Bangabandhu also enjoyed a local trip to Wakayama, Osaka and Kyoto.

Part of the video was aired in a live musical performance by Bajna Beat at National Parade Ground on March 20 in front of Prime Minister Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, who spoke very highly of the performance.

Japanese Ambassador ITO Naoki also conveyed Japanese Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide’s felicitation message on the Independence Day of Bangladesh to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“Japan will make more investment in Bangladesh after coronavirus situation goes,” the Japanese Ambassador said while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence in the city.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister said she wants Japan and Bangladesh to jointly operate the third terminal of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, once it is completed.

The Japanese envoy informed the premier that the work of Matarbari project is going on despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also said that Matarbari will be an industrial hub and a game changer for Bangladesh.

In this connection, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “It [Matarbari project] will make a great contribution to the economy of Bangladesh after it is ready for operation.”

The Japanese ambassador also informed the premier that the economic zone in Narayanganj’s Araihazar will be ready for operation next year.

He added that the Mirershorai economic zone will be the second largest one for Japan.

Sheikh Hasina conveyed sincere thank to her Japanese counterpart for sending the message and the video documentary. She also recalled her visit to Japan as the opposition leader in early 90s.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus was present at the meeting.