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Photo exhibition on Bangabandhu’s 1973 Japan visit begins at LWM

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 11 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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Photo exhibition on Bangabandhu’s 1973 Japan visit begins at LWM
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud along with others inspects a photography exhibition titled ‘Visit to Japan by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1973’ after inaugurating the exhibition organised by Japan Embassy at Liberation War Museum in the capital on Thursday. Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh ITO Naoki was present. SUN PHOTO

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A 17-day photo exhibition on ‘A Visit to Japan by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1973’ began at Liberation War Museum (LWM) in the capital on Thursday.

The Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh and the Liberation War Museum jointly organised the exhibition, marking the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh.

A total of 50 original photos on Bangabandhu’s visit to Japan in 1973 are being showcased at the exhibition. The exhibition will continue till March 26.

The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was held on Thursday. Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque gave welcome speech on the occasion.

In his opening speech, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki mentioned that the Japanese people strongly supported the cause of independence at the time of Bangabandhu’s visit to Japan and they extended heartfelt sympathy to war-torn Bangladesh, mirroring their own experiences since 1945.

 “Bangabandhu paved the way for subsequent cooperation and friendship between the two countries. In line with what he laid out, we have been proceeding with a series of collaborations with Bangladesh,” added Ambassador Ito.

“I reiterate that we would like to make this milestone year a start of the new era of the Japan - Bangladesh relationship. This Embassy will make the utmost effort to deepen further the multi-faceted relations, mutual understanding, and exchange of the two peoples throughout the year. Japan will stand by Bangladesh as a true friend,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud said, “This is indeed great pleasure for me to be here to inaugurate the photo exhibition on the visit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1973. I must register my thanks to the government of Japan and the people, who have preserved these photos over the last 50 years.”

In his concluding remark, the Information Minister stated, “Japan has been with us for last 50 years. I strongly believe to make our dream real Japan will continuously help us in future as well.” 

On this occasion, the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation was conferred upon the Liberation War Museum in recognition of its distinguished service in contributing to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and Bangladesh.