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.

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The secret to creating world-class automobiles, as told by the engineers of Honda". RocketNews24. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ Chira, Susan (15 June 1987). "HONDA IS POWERED BY RISKS; IN TOKYO, GIVING DISSENTERS A FORUM". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  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.