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Why Not ‘Made In Bangladesh’ Cars?

Tateyama Kabir
Vice Chairman
NRB Bank

Tateyama Kabir earned the citizenship of Japan by dint of his qualification and is playing an important role in business and trade sector of his birthplace Bangladesh. He was born in a respectable Muslim family at Chatkhil in Noakhali. He went to Japan about 24 years ago. Many people come to Japan and go back to the country after earning. But he thought that he has to stay here by obtaining qualifications. From this thinking, he took admission to Japan Language Masters course and successfully passed it.
He passed SSC examination in second division in Commerce group in 1984 from Rangunia High School. He then completed his diploma course from Feni Polytechnic Institute. Afterwards he went to Japan and continued his education. In 1989, he obtained under graduate degree from Toyama Language School and graduate degree in International Literacy from Toyama International University in 1995.
After completing education, he took initiatives to establish business there. He then started to export cars in different countries. By this time, he got the Japanese citizenship. At present, he is Japanese as per his passport. In his opinion if anyone wants to do something in other countries, he or she has to learn languages and cultures of those countries. He thinks he has got business success within a short period of time as he knows the language and cultures of the Japanese. He got married to a beautiful Japanese woman. He has been blessed with two daughters and a son. His daughters are studying in Japanese schools. An enterprising business personality Tateyama Kabir established business firm named ‘Kabir Auto Export Co. Ltd.’. He is the President of this company. He also set up a showroom to import cars. The name of this firm is ‘Ocean Auto’ located at Uttor Badda, Dhaka which was established in 2009.
A celebrated son of Bangladesh Tateyama Kabir has taken an initiative to assemble ‘Made in Bangladesh’ cars through a Japan-Bangladesh joint venture in Bangladesh. If it is implemented, ‘Made in Bangladesh’ will also be written on cars like other products. Thus, Bangladesh can reach a unique height. Now, many companies have the opportunity to write ‘Made in Bangladesh’ in electronics products and these products have been exported abroad. Now the same tag can be used for motor cars too and the credit goes to Tateyama Kabir. He says we don’t have any quality technology and mill factory. We mostly depend on foreign technology. In developed countries, the government puts more importance on technical education rather than general education. We are also giving more importance to technical education now.
Tateyama informs he had to face sufferings when he was studying in Japan. For this reason, he always prayed to Allah that if he becomes established someday, he will help the students of his country. He says he cried after reading the life story of Bangladesh Bank’s former governor Dr. Atiur Rahman and he took the responsibility of providing the education to the insolvent students of his native Chatkhil upazila so that they can gain higher education. He has started giving scholarship named after his father. He has also written a book on culture of Japan.
He says the teachers treat the students as friends there. The primary teaching of Japanese teachers and parents are that if you can’t help anyone don’t harm them. Bangladeshi-born Japanese citizen Tateyama Kabir has put emphasis on using pollution free cars to take part in ‘Digital Bangladesh’ movement. He says the incidents regarding false cases and cross fires are being criticized internationally. He urges all to refrain from their acts. He says there are no such incidents in developed countries. Tateyama loves his motherland very much. With a view to building up a developed Bangladesh, he has taken initiative to set up car assembling factory in Bangladesh.


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