Newly appointed Japanese Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi presented his credentials to President Abdul Hamid in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Ambassador Izumi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1981 and served as director general of the foreign service training institute.
Prior to that assignment, he was minister plenipotentiary – a diplomatic agent, invested with full power or authority to transact business on behalf of another – of the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America.
Izumi said: “It is a great pleasure and a badge of honour for me to assume the ambassadorship in Bangladesh. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh. Japan recognised Bangladesh right after its independence and has since nurtured bilateral friendship as the largest development partner in cooperation with public and private sectors.
“In 2014, meetings between the two countries’ prime ministers established 'Japan-Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership' on the grounds of historical ties.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's attendance at the Outreach Meeting of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in 2016 strengthened the relationship.
“I will make an effort to enhance and develop bilateral relations even further.”
The Government of Japan appreciates Bangladesh’s efforts to provide humanitarian relief to Rohingyas and extends its full support in cooperation.
“I express my deepest condolences to the victims and their families, including eight Japanese nationals killed in the terror attacks in July 2016, October 2015 and all other terror attacks. We will pay utmost attention to safety measures in cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh,” Ambassador Izumi added.