Bangladesh–Japan relations

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Bangladesh–Japan relations
Map indicating locations of Bangladesh and Japan



Bangladesh–Japan relations were established on 10 February 1972.[1] As of 2011, the bilateral annual trade of these two countries was US$500–700 million.[2]

The cultural relation between Bangladesh and Japan which was lost during the Partition of 1947 got activated during mid-1950 when the Consular Mission of Japan(CMJ) in Dhaka started to make contact with people-to-people.[2]

In a BBC World Poll, 71% of Bangladesh had a favorable view of Japan, making Bangladesh one of the most pro-Japanese countries in the world.[3]

Trade and investment[edit]

Japan is Bangladesh's 11th-largest export market; as of 2005, imports from Bangladesh make up 26% of all Japanese imports from the least developed countries, second only to those from Cambodia. Common imports from Bangladesh to Japan include leather goods, ready-made garments, and shrimp.[4] By 2004, Japan had become Bangladesh's fourth-largest source of foreign direct investment, behind the United States, United Kingdom, and Malaysia. Japan is also a significant source of development aid to Bangladesh.[5]

Japan's political goals in its relationship with Bangladesh include gaining support for their bid to join the United Nations Security Council, and securing markets for their finished goods.[5]

In 2001, there were about 9,500 Bangladeshis in Japan.

Year 2002: 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations[edit]

Japan recognized the People's Republic of Bangladesh on February 10, 1972, soon after its independence. Both parties celebrated thirty years of relations in 2002.


  1. ^ Japan-Bangladesh Relations, Japan: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 2008, retrieved 2008-04-09 
  2. ^ a b "Bangladesh-Japan together at 40". The Daily Star. 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chapter 4: How Asians View Each Other". Pew Research Center. July 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Abdul Matin, Muhammad (2005), "East Asian Security: A Bangladesh Perspective", in Sisodia, N. S.; Naidu, G. V. C., Changing Security Dynamic in Eastern Asia: Focus on Japan, Bibliophile South Asia, pp. 504–528, ISBN 81-86019-52-9 
  5. ^ a b Ashrafur Rahman, Syed (October–December 2005), "Japan's Political and Economic Goals in Bangladesh" (PDF), Asian Affairs, 27 (4): 41–50, retrieved 2008-04-09 

Further reading[edit]

  • Biśvāsa, Sukumāra (2005). Japan-Bangladesh Relations, 1972-1990. Mowla Brothers. ISBN 984-410-435-1. 

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