Tadashi Kume

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Tadashi Kume (久米 是志, Kume Tadashi, born January 2, 1931) is the Japanese former president and CEO of the Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


Tadashi Kume joined Honda in 1954, eventually becoming Honda's 3rd president in 1983.[1] He specialized in designing engines, and, along with other engineers, helped develop the fuel-efficient CVCC.[1][2] Before becoming president, Kume had a heated argument with then Honda president Soichiro Honda over using air-cooled or water-cooled engines, which led Kume to stay away from work for possibly over a month.[3] He retired in June 1990, and was succeeded by Nobuhiko Kawamoto.[4] Kume is currently honored in the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame [5]


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  3. ^ Kohama, Hirohisa (2007). Industrial Development in Postwar Japan. Psychology Press. p. 240. ISBN 0203939425.
  4. ^ Bradsher, Keith (28 April 1998). "INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS; Honda Chief to Step Down; Few Changes Are Expected". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  5. ^ "久米 是志". Japan Automotive Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01.