TOKYO, May 25: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in the "Land of the Rising Sun" on Sunday afternoon on a four-day state visit with a high expectation from the tour. Hasina hoped Japan would support Bangladesh in infrastructural, human resources development, power generation and contribute to realise "Vision 2021" which would help establish "Sonar Bangla" as dreamt by Bangabandhu.
In honour of the six "Friends of Bangladesh" prime minister hosted a dinner reception at the white marble Akasaka Palace. She also felicitated seven former Japanese ambassadors who served in Bangladesh since 1988.
In a dinner speech, Hasina felicitated the Japanese "Friends of Bangladesh" who contributed to the liberation war in 1971 on Sunday evening. She also urged Japan to support her country to establish secularism and pluralism. Under a giant chandelier in the hall with motifs in white and gold, Hasina as token of admiration presented each guest an English edition of "The Unfinished Memoirs" by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The prime minister in Japanese ritual bowed to each recipient of the best-seller book by her father. She expressed her appreciation for the book being translated in Japanese language and hoped the book would be published soon.
Hasina patiently autographed each of the "The Unfinished Memoirs" as requested by the recipients of the book.
She assured the friends of Bangladesh that her government has adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" to terrorism and extremism. "We are trying the war criminals for their crimes committed during our War of Independence in 1971," she added.
Paying high regards to late Prof Tsuyoshi Nara, the Prime Minister said he has immensely contributed to promote Bangla literature, philosophy and culture in Japan. She also mentioned the names of Takashi Hayawaka and Gen Fujiwara and others who have passed away. Earlier in the day, as soon as she stepped out of Biman Bangladesh Airlines newly acquired aircraft Ranga Provat at Haneda International Airport, a red carpet reception was accorded to Sheikh Hasina on her official visit at the invitation of her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.