After successful publication in Bangla and English, the graphic novel on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been published in Japanese language with a view to portray the life and work of Bangabandhu before the Japanese kids.
The cover unveiling ceremony was held at Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo on Monday (November 26). A video on the timeline of Bangabandhu’s life was also shown during the ceremony.
Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attended the ceremony as the chief guest, says a press release of Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo. Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Rehana, her son Radwan Mujib Siddiq and Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe, Bangladesh Ambassador in Tokyo Rabab Fatima and envoys of different countries stationed in Japan, business delegates, civil society members of Japan and Bangladeshi expatriates were also present on the occasion.
The graphic novel series is based on the ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ of Bangabandhu, written during his incarceration.
The English version of first part of the series ‘Mujib’ was unveiled in Dhaka on November 16 in 2017.
Japanese Professor Masaaki Ohashi and Imran Sharif translated the book in Japanese language under initiative of the Bangladesh Embassy to Japan. It was published by the Awami League’s research wing Centre for Research and Information (CRI).
Paying rich tributes to Bangabandhu, Akie Abe said that Bangabandhu, the architect of independent Bangladesh, was a great leader. The graphic novel on will play an important role in letting the Japanese children and juveniles know the life and works of Bangabandhu, she added.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq, also publisher of the book, expressed his hope that the graphic novel will help the Japanese children to know about the history of Bangladesh.
He thanked the Bangladesh Embassy and two translators of the novel for successfully completing the publication.
Besides, the graphic novel was presented before the students of Sacred Heart School in Tokyo at another function.
The novel will be read out at different schools in
Japan in phases and will be distributed in
different educational institutions and Bangladesh expatriates in Japan.