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Message of H.E. Masato Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh for JUAAB :

July 2015

I would like to express my heartiest appreciation to JUAAB members for your contribution to bridging Japan and Bangladesh.

I arrived in Dhaka on July 3, 2015. It is a great pleasure and a badge of honour for me to assume the ambassadorship in Bangladesh.

Japan recognized Bangladesh right after its independence, and has since then supported its nation-building. Japan and Bangladesh have been maintaining a very close relationship in a wide range of areas including development cooperation, trade and investment, and cultural and people exchange. Moreover, Bangladesh is one of the most friendly countries for Japan. The country’s warm support in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake was a testimony to this exceptional amity.

Located at the crossroads between India and South-East Asian countries, Bangladesh has a history of being a trading centre of goods and ideas, and uniting different peoples and cultures. Endowed with these geographical advantage and cultural diversity, and getting commendable achievements in economic and social developments in recent years, I believe, Bangladesh is a country with tremendous potential.

Last year witnessed historical mutual visits of the two countries' Prime Ministers. Both sides promised to enhance bilateral relationship by nurturing the "Japan-Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership". I will make my utmost effort to strengthen and further develop the time-tested bilateral relations.

The intellectual and cultural exchange is as important as economic partnership to develop bilateral relationship. The history of the two countries’ peoples’ exchange is rich both in volume and in quality. These include not only high-level interactions, such as those between political leaders and senior officials, but also between academics, media, youth and sports and cultural personalities. I would like to build on these splendid ties and further enhance people-to-people relations. I hope that  JUAAB will serve as ever more attractive network to deepen understanding on Japanese spirit and culture  in Bangladesh.

Lastly, I would like to reiterate my intention to make an all-out effort to further develop the existing friendship between Japan and Bangladesh. Please feel free to speak to me whenever you see me. I look forward to seeing, listening to and talking with you.

H.E. Masato Watanabe

Ambassador of Japan to the People's Republic of Bangladesh

 

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