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Shinzo Abe

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Turning dream of BIG-B into reality

JAPANESE Premier Shinzo Abe's long awaited but short return visit to Dhaka following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's May visit to Tokyo should be viewed on a broader geopolitical and strategic canvas  than it appears on the face of it. For the present, he has reiterated the promise that Japan would extend financial assistance of around US$6 billion to Bangladesh over the next five years to implement projects under the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (BIG-B), an initiative the...

Japanese CEOs view Bangladesh as next investment destination

Japanese CEOs view Bangladesh as next investment destination

Visiting Japanese business leaders yesterday demanded easing of investment rules as they look to divert funds to Bangladesh from China due to rising production costs and worker shortage there. “We want to expand business in Bangladesh but we need policy support from the government,” said Kuniharu Nakamura, president and chief executive officer of Sumitomo...

Japan PM leaves Dhaka

Japan PM leaves Dhaka

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Dhaka this morning wrapping up his brief but significant visit seen here as a watershed event in the Bangladesh-Japan relationship. Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali saw him off at VVIP tarmac at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:30am. Before leaving Dhaka for Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the Japanese...

Japanese investment focus of Abe's trip

Japan wants to see the "real start" to make a difference in Bangladesh and considers Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Dhaka visit a mission of "actions" in doing business together with special focus on investment. The two prime ministers--Sheikh Hasina and Abe--laid out a "framework" for broader engagement, when Hasina visited Japan in May, Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Shiro Sadoshima said in an interview with the agency at his office. “So this is time to take action. First action is...

Dhaka-Tokyo relations to be strengthened

THE people of Bangladesh heartily welcome Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe to their beloved country. Japan is known to them as a good and trusted friend and they respect the long-standing relations based on shared values of peace, democracy, human rights and rule of law. Therefore, it is only natural that they will expect further strengthening of the bilateral relations and  widening of the horizon of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Japan has been a...

Japan is a trusted friend of Bangladesh

THE foreign relations synopsis prepared and handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lists two political goals in the country's relationship with Bangladesh. One is to gain support in Japan's bid to join the United Nations Security Council and another is to secure markets for its finished products. It is the first goal that is believed to be the reason why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is visiting Bangladesh. He is hoping to obtain Bangladesh's commitment to...

Dhaka warmly greets Japanese PM

Dhaka warmly greets Japanese PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Dhaka this afternoon on a short -- 21-hour-long -- but significant visit. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received Abe at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as he flew in at 12:56pm in first visit of a Japanese PM in 14 years. The then premier Yoshiro Mori visited Bangladesh in...

Japanese entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh: Abe

Japanese entrepreneurs keen to invest in Bangladesh: Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today said Japanese entrepreneurs want to invest in transport, infrastructure, power and energy and garment sectors mainly to increase the bilateral trade with Bangladesh. "Bangladesh is an emerging economy. So, our government plans to promote Japanese investment in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is also an important partner of Japan in South Asia," said Abe, who arrived this afternoon in a 21-hour visit. The Japanese PM was addressing the business luminaries of both Bangladesh and Japan at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. Chiefs of major business houses of both the countries were present at the meeting. Bangladesh garment export to Japan is on the rise for relaxation of the Rules of Origin...

SUPPORT FOR JAPAN

Bangladesh to withdraw UNSC candidature

Bangladesh to withdraw UNSC candidature

Bangladesh today declared it would withdraw its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the term of 2016-17 in support of Japan. “…in view of Japan’s continued and strong support in Bangladesh’s development process and in the solidarity and unity of the Asia-Pacific Group at the UN, it is my...

Abe for dialogue among political parties

Abe for dialogue among political parties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this evening hoped that major political parties in Bangladesh will sit in dialogue to resolve the present political crisis. The Japanese PM expressed his hope when BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia called on him at the Pan Pacific Sonar Hotel in Dhaka. BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, who was present at...

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