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    PM flies to Japan tomorrow Frontier
    Frontier on Friday, May 23, 2014
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    A new horizon is going to open up in Dhaka and Tokyo bilateral relations as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina starts her four-day official visit to Japan on May 25.

    "Through the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dhaka- Tokyo bilateral ties would reach to a new height," Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Shiro Sadoshima told diplomatic reporters on Wednesday.

    Japan, the largest development partner of Bangladesh, has been significantly contributing to the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh through financial assistance in the sectors like poverty alleviation, physical infrastructure, power generation, human resources development and others.

    "The visit is expected to further bolster Bangladesh-Japan relations in all areas of cooperation," diplomats here think.

    Prime Minister's Office sources said the Premier is to leave Dhaka for Tokyo tomorrow night at the invitation of her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

    This will be Sheikh Hasina's first bilateral visit to any country after the present Awami League government took office through the January 5 elections and the third official visit to Japan as the prime minister. Her first visit to Japan was in 1997 and second in 2010.

    A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage is scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 12 midnight on Saturday.

    The flight is expected to reach Haneda International Airport in Tokyo at 1 pm (Japan time) on May 25. On their way to Tokyo, the Premier and her entourage members will make a stopover at Hong Kong International Airport for around one and a half hours.

    Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Masud Bin Momen and Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan Shigeyuki Hiroki will receive the Prime Minister at the airport.

    After a warm welcome at the airport, Sheikh Hasina will be taken to Akasaka Palace, a state guest house, at Motoakasaka, Minato in Tokyo through a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her four-day visit to Japan.

    During the visit, the Prime Minister would hold summit talks with her counterpart at the Prime Minister's Office on May 26. The two prime ministers would later sign a joint statement which would be followed by a joint press announcement.

    Earlier, the Bangladesh Premier will attend the welcoming ceremony and receive a guard of honour at Akasaka Palace.

    Sheikh Hasina will join a dinner to be hosted by the Japanese prime minister the same day. She will also have an audience with Japanese Emperor Akihito at Tokyo Imperial Palace on May 26.

    Deputy Prime Minister of Japan and President of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary League Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will separately call on the Prime Minister.

    The "Friends of Bangladesh" and the members of Bangladesh- Japan Parliamentary League will also meet Sheikh Hasina.

    The Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a seminar to be organized by Japan Bangladesh Committee for Commercial and Economic Cooperation (JBCCEC) at JETRO Headquarters.

    Sheikh Hasina will visit Waseda University in Tokyo and address students of the prestigious university. She will also visit the Japan Press Club and have an interaction with Japanese journalists.

    In addition, she will address a community reception at Hotel Okura and attend a lunch to be hosted by the JBCCEC at Tokyo Kaikan.

    The Prime Minister will give an interview with the NHK,Japan's national public broadcasting organization. She is expected to return home at 7 am on May 29.

    The trade gap between Bangladesh and Japan which was once tilted heavily in Tokyo's favour is squeezing as Bangladesh's export to Japan is boosting gradually in the recent time.

    Bangladesh exported goods worth 750.26 million US dollars to Japan in 2012-13 fiscal year and imported goods of $1168.7 million in the same fiscal. The volume of export and import in 2011-12 was $600.53 million and $1455.9 million respectively.
                               
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