Over hundred Bangladeshi expatriates in Japan and several hundred foreigners on Monday joined the Independence Day and National Day celebration, which was hosted by Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo, said officials.
The first part of the program of the 47th Independence Day of Bangladesh was started in the morning with hoisting the National Flag while playing the National Anthem at the embassy premises, according to press release.
The Flag was raised by the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan, Rabab Fatima followed by observance of one-minute silence and offering special prayer for the salvation of departed souls of the Martyrs of the Great Liberation War. Marking the day special supplements in to the Japanese newspapers were published. Following the order of Cabinet Division, all the officers and staffs of the embassy intoned the National Anthem simultaneously with Bangladesh.
Later in a Hotel of Tokyo the National Day reception was organized. Dignitaries of Japan, Ambassadors of different countries appointed in Japan and high-officials of various government and non-government organizations of Japan joined the reception. Kazuyaki NAKANE the State-minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan was the chief guest while the Member-secretary of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League and Member of Parliament Mr. Ichiro Tsukuda was present as the Special guest in the program.
The reception started with playing the National Anthem of both the country followed by the cutting of cake to mark the day. After that, Ambassador Rabab Fatima, gave her opening remarks to the audience. Reminding the contribution of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she informed the presence that the historic 7 March’s speech of Bangabandhu was included as the Memory of World Registrar by UNESCO. Besides she shaded lights on the Graduation of Bangladesh from LDC to Developing nation, developments of Bangladesh and on the prevailing congenial atmosphere of business in Bangladesh.
The Chief Guest, Kazuyaki NAKANE congratulated the people and government of Bangladesh on the National Day. He reminded the 45 years old bond of friendship between the two countries. He also thanked Bangladesh government for giving shelter and providing humanitarian assistance to millions of people who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar. He assured for their continuing support and wished to have more deep relation between Bangladesh and Japan in future.
Ichiro Tsukuda read out the message given by Taro Aso, the President of Japan – Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League.
The guests were entertained with various types of Bangladesh foods.