¬Osamu Hayakawa, the son of late Takashi Hayakawa handed over to Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo the stuffed tiger head that was presented to Mr. Takashi Hayakawa, the then Member of the Diet and the President of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Association, by Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, during the latter’s official visit to Japan on the 18th of October, 1973. It was presented as a symbol of friendship between Bangladesh and Japan. Royal Bengal Tiger, the national animal of Bangladesh used as a symbol of the spirit of Bangladesh. It may be noted here that Mr. Takashi Hayakawa played a pivotal role in garnering the support and recognition of the people and Government of Japan for the newly independent Bangladesh. He also visited the war torn Bangladesh to assess the need for Japanese assistance to Bangladesh.
A ceremony was held on the occasion of the hand over. Mr. Md. ShahriarAlam, M.P., Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The occasion was also attended by Ambassador MatsushiroHoriguchi, the President of Japan-Bangladesh Society and former Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh; representatives from the Government of Japan and distinguished members of Japan-Bangladesh Society. In his remarks, the Hon’ble State Minister stressed that the tiger head will continue to bear the testimony to the foundation of strong ties laid by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and late Takashi Hayakawa. He also hoped the strong ties will grow stronger in days ahead. At the end of the program, H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima thanked the Hayakawa family for handing over the tiger head to the Embassy. She also thanked the guests for attending the program.