Online “Japan Lecture Series” Jointly Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and the East Asia Study Center, DU

On 18th and 25th of February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and the East Asia Study Center, Dhaka University jointly held 2 online lecture series titled “Japan Lecture Series”.
At the beginning of the seminar on 18th, Japanese Ambassador ITO Naoki said “When it comes to friendship and partnership between Japan and Bangladesh, currently the focus is more on infrastructure development and business partnership under “BIG-B” initiative including Matarbari deep sea-port, Dhaka Metro or Terminal 3 of Dhaka Airport. Once completed, those mega-infrastructures will change the face of the country and would have positive impact on the future of Bangladesh as well as the landscape of Japan-Bangladesh relations. In parallel to these business and economic partnership, it is also important to foster mutual understanding and academic interactions. I hope this Japan Lecture Series will be able to contribute to the deepening of the mutual understanding of people of Japan and Bangladesh. This year we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence of Bangladesh. The following year, 2022, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh. It is my earnest hope that the interactions between our two countries will be enhanced in these milestone years.”
After the speech of Ambassador ITO Naoki, Professor OHASHI Masaaki of University of the Sacred Heart, Japan gave a lecture titled “NGOs for International Cooperation in Japan and its Relations with the Japan Government and Academia”. More than 100 people, including students and faculty members of Dhaka University, participated in this online seminar live.
In the second session of the series which was held on 25th of February, Professor OIWA Takaaki of JICA Research Institute gave a lecture titled “Deconstruction of Regions: The Emerging Role of Subregional Cooperation in Asia”.