Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, said Bangladesh could learn from Japan’s miraculous development – how that country grew from its ashes after World War II.
He was speaking as a guest of honor at the launching ceremony of a new book titled “Bangladesh-Japan Diplomatic Relations (1972-2022): A New Paradigm of Strategic Partnership” held at the residence of the Japanese ambassador.
The book is written by Dr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Associate Professor of the very first Department of Area Studies at the University of Dhaka – Department of Japanese Studies.
Prof. Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal, Pro-Vice Chancellor (academic) joined the ceremony as a special guest.
Prof. Dr. Delwar Hossain, a member of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission and Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka spoke as a commentator on the book.
The Minister of State said the book focused on the current relationship and the future direction of relations between these two friendly nations.
“It’s a great book. It’s a very rare scholarly work focusing on bilateral relations. I would say, a very historical scholarly work,” Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki said.
He described the book as a historic mark in academia given the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan.
Naoki also predicted that he would be very influential to future scholars.
“It’s a big day for me,” said Dr Jahangir Alam, the book’s author.
Delwar Hossain said that this book covers contemporary issues, especially from the perspective of political science, international relations, etc.
“It has a global orientation which is the strongest part of this book. It has a global focus on Bangladesh-Japan relations,” he said.
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Professor Maksud Kamal said that Japan is Bangladesh’s main bilateral development partner, which helps Bangladesh implement some of the most important mega-projects, including the Matarbari deep-sea port, the MRT line in Dhaka and the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Abdullah-Al-Mamun, Chairman of the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Dhaka.
He mentioned that it is one of the rarest academic undertakings in the field of bilateral relations between the two nations.
The main objective of the book is to explore and examine the overall relationship between Japan and Bangladesh in order to understand Japan’s miraculous development patterns and apply them in Bangladesh’s development policy initiatives and planning for achieve the SDGs by 2030 and “Vision 2041”.
The chapters of the book attempt to make a comparative study between South Asian countries with relevant policy recommendations for further improvement of the said bilateral relations.
However, due to its asymmetrical nature, many scholars and a cross section of people in Bangladesh believe that the Japanese economic development model should be replicated in Bangladesh.
To explore these possibilities, a few chapters of this book have revisited the overall diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan since independence from the former would simultaneously strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations.