Japan Bangladesh Biliteral Economic Relation

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INTRODUCTION
Bangladeshi-Japanese relations were established in February 1972. Japan is Bangladesh's 11th-largest export market; imports from Bangladesh make up 26% of all Japanese imports from the least developed countries, second only to those from Cambodia. Common imports from Bangladesh to Japan include leather goods, ready-made garments, and shrimp. By 2004, Japan had become Bangladesh's fourth-largest source of foreign direct investment, behind the, United Kingdom, and Malaysia. Japan's political goals in its relationship with Bangladesh include gaining support for their bid to join the United Nations Security Council, and securing markets for their finished goods. Japan Bangladesh Relations|

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| 1. GENERALJapan and Bangladesh have maintained friendly relations since February 10th, 1972, through economic and technical cooperation, cultural exchanges and mutual visits. Japan is a major development partner for Bangladesh, extending support to the efforts of Bangladesh for its economic and social development. The two governments signed the Agreement on Technical Cooperation between Japan and Bangladesh on December 8th, 2002 to strengthen further mutual technical cooperation by consolidating its infrastructure and simplifying its process under a single umbrella framework.Mutual support and cooperation in international arena have also produced excellent results and deepened the trust between both governments. In private economic sector, the bilateral relations are increasingly strengthened and diversified. Agreement between Japan and the People's Republic of Bangladesh concerning the Promotion and Protection of Investment entered into force in 1999.The year 2002 marked the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh. To convey resolve of the Japanese Government towards further enhancement of its ties with Bangladesh, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dispatched Mr. Shin Sakurai, M.P. and Vice President of Japan Bangladesh Parliamentarians League, to Bangladesh as his special envoy in October 2002. Throughout the year 2002, a series of cultural programs was held to commemorate the anniversary. H.E. M. Morshed Khan, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, visited Japan in March-April, 2003, for bilateral consultations with the Japanese Government.2. DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS| 1994| Prime Minister Khaleda Zia|

1995| Foreign Minister A. S. M. Mustafizur Rahman|
1996| Foreign Secretary Farooq Sobhan|
1997| Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Finance Minister S. A. M. S. Kibria| 1998| Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad|
2000| Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad |
2001| Science and ICT Minister Moyeen Khan Woman and Children Affairs Minister Begum Khurshid Zahan Hoque| 2002| Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad|
2003| Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujaheed, Water Resource Minister L. K. Siddiqui, Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sadek Hossain Khoka| 2007| Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus visited Japan. |

2008| Foreign Adviser, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, visited Japan.|
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Bangladesh –Japan bilateral relations |

 This year marks the 38th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan. The past thirty eight years have witnessed a steady growth of close cooperation between our two countries. Although bilateral diplomatic interactions are relatively recent phenomena, the ties between the two nations are centuries old through historic and cultural connections.  1971, the year of our liberation war, marks an watershed in Bangladesh-Japan friendship. During the war the Japanese people extended immense support. The great friend of Bangladesh Late Mr. Takashi Hayakawa MP played a leading role in Bangladesh’s support. According to his wish his ashes are kept in...
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