The government of Japan will confer the Rising Sun award to noted businessman Matiur Rahman and philanthropist Abu Sayed this year.
Matiur Rahman, chairman and managing director of Uttara Group of Companies, will receive ‘the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette’, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday.
The Japanese government will give the award to Mr Rahman in recognition of his contribution to promoting economic interaction and mutual understanding between Japan and Bangladesh
Mr Rahman contributed to the establishment of the Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JBCCI) and the promotion of investments of Japanese companies in Bangladesh as the first chairman of JBCCI from 2004 to 2006.
“Thanks to his contribution, more than 300 Japanese companies are currently operating in Bangladesh and the number has tripled in the last 10 years” the Embassy added.
Meanwhile, “Md Abu Sayed, former country manager of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Bangladesh will receive 'the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays' in appreciation of his contribution to taking care of the Japanese graves in Bangladesh”, the Embassy said.
As the former country manager of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Md Abu Sayed has maintained the war cemeteries of Japanese casualties in Cumilla and Chattogram for around 33 years.
“Respecting the spirit of the Geneva Conventions, he worked in good faith to keep the war cemeteries clean and tranquil, without any distinction between casualties of the Commonwealth of Nations and Japan,” said the Embassy.