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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hashina’s special envoy, Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud, called on Japan Wednesday to increase direct investment in his country, which is aiming to emerge as a midlevel developed country by 2021.

“Japan is the biggest aid contributor to Bangladesh. Bangladeshi people are pro-Japanese. Yet, Japan ranks below the top 15 foreign nations in terms of foreign direct investment,” Mahmud said in an interview with The Japan Times.

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