Japan eyes broader ties with Bangladesh under strategic partnership

Iwama Kiminori, the Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh, has stated his nation’s commitment to strengthen bilateral ties with Dhaka over the course of the next 50 years in keeping with their “strategic partnership,” which focuses on trade, investment, intercultural exchanges, and security cooperation, according to UNB.

He placed a strong emphasis on putting various forms of practical cooperation into action in promising industries and looked into the idea of a trilateral platform between Japan, Bangladesh, and India.

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As part of their strategic alliance, Ambassador Kiminori outlined three key areas of cooperation between Bangladesh and Japan. These include expanding cultural cooperation and intercultural interchange, extending economic cooperation for mutual benefit and regional prosperity, and cooperation for peace and stability in the region and beyond.

“Trilateral cooperation – it is a new issue. There might be some reservations; there might be some opinions on India-Bangladesh-Japan cooperation. We are ready to discuss. We are ready to see many ideas and many comments. What I can say is that discussion has just begun,” he said while speaking at Cosmos dialogue in Dhaka on Saturday.

At a symposium titled “Bangladesh-Japan Relations: Prognosis for the Future” that was put on by the Cosmos Foundation as a part of the Ambassadors’ Lecture Series, Kiminori gave the keynote address.

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, head of the Cosmos Foundation and a well-known scholar-diplomat who served as a former foreign policy advisor to the Bangladesh caretaker government, presided over and led the conversation.

During the recent visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to Tokyo, according to head of the Cosmos Foundation Enayetullah Khan, the bilateral relationship was elevated from a “comprehensive” to a “strategic” level.

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