As 6th August marks the 74th anniversary of Hiroshima Day, the day on which the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Marking this day Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi has shared his message for peace with the people of Bangladesh.
In a message Ambassador said , I was born and raised in Hiroshima, so on this very day I always pray for peace and for the people who suffered from the tragedy on 6th of August 1945. No matter how far I am from my home in Hiroshima, this day will always stay with me.
I have been serving in Bangladesh for almost two years now. Last year, I had the opportunity to meet many individuals involved in ‘Hiroshima Day’ events. It was heart-warming to see Bangladeshis offering their prayers and sincere condolences to the victims of this tragedy. For that, I am ever-so thankful for the sympathy and respect Bangladeshis have shown to those who passed away. Moreover I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for their determination to create a peaceful world for our current and future generation.
In May of 2019, ‘Rohingya’ refugees in Cox’s Bazar made one thousand origami paper cranes, conveying the message of peace to the people of Japan. After hearing about the tragedy of Hiroshima and the story of Ms. Sadako Sasaki who passed away at the age of 12, because of the after-math of atomic bombing; has collectively touched the hearts of ‘Rohingya’ people. I was deeply moved by their gestures of compassion, despite the fact that these people from Myanmar who were forcibly displaced from their home and were put in the most difficult situation they could face, showed utmost respect to the victims of the devastation bought forth by the atomic bombs 74 years ago. The sympathy they showed and wish for peace is far more memorable and noteworthy to me, and these gracious gestures will resonate with me for rest of my life. We must understand that in spite of the difficult situation surrounding our society, our good intentions no matter how small, can have greater impact if we unite around common understanding and have sympathy towards other’s sufferings and tribulations.
This year marks the 74th anniversary when atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I truly appreciate Bangladeshi people who have showed sympathy to the victims and expressed strong message for peace for the world. I hope that we, Japan and Bangladesh, stand hand in hand to make this world more peaceful and harmonious place for all.