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“Conferment of “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” upon Dr. Md. Ekhlasur Rahman”

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 30th September, 2022 04:10:24 PM
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“Conferment of “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” upon Dr. Md. Ekhlasur Rahman”

The Government of Japan has conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” to Md. Ekhlasur Rahman, Director of the Yamagata Dhaka Friendship General Hospital.

Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Ito Naoki handed over the conferment at a ceremony at his official residence in Baridhara on Thursday (Sept 29).

The conferral is in appreciation of his great contribution to supporting Japanese nationals in need of medical care in Bangladesh and strengthening relationship between Japan and Bangladesh in the medical field, said the Embassy of Japan.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Ito expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Rahman for his immense contribution to proactively providing medical service with Japanese standard and treatment to the Japanese nationals in Bangladesh and enhancing relationship between Japan and Bangladesh in the medical fields.

The Japanese envoy expressed how grateful Japanese community in Bangladesh is to Rahman and explained his considerable attitude towards patients by saying that the 300-year old Japanese Edo period dictums ‘Medicine is a curing profession’ and ‘Medical practice is a benevolent act’ exactly describe Rahman.

Rahman completed his Ph.D. at Yamagata University Graduate School of Medicine in 1996 and worked as a clinical fellow at Yamagata Saiseikai Hospital in Japan. Inspired by the Japanese medical system, particularly the methods for treating patients and educating young physicians, Rahman opened his own hospital in Dhaka in 1997 to provide Japanese-standard treatment with his command of Japanese language skills, which has greatly benefitted the Japanese community in Bangladesh.

Dr. Rahman has also contributed to improving medical service and empowering clinical staffs in Bangladesh through exchange programmes among Japanese and Bangladeshi physicians as well as training programs to young Bangladeshi physicians. 

Earlier, on April 29, 2022, the Government of Japan decided to confer the decoration on Dr. Rahman. He received the decoration from the Government of Japan as the 14th Bangladeshi national and the first Bangladeshi doctor.

In the ceremony, Rahman also received “The Foreign Minister’s Commendations” for his exceptional contributions to supporting Japanese nationals in need of help in Bangladesh.

Ambassador ITO also conferred “The Commendations of Ambassador” upon Ms. KOBAYASHI Reiko, a registered nurse from Japan in Yamagata Dhaka Friendship General Hospital, for her support for Japanese community in Bangladesh and efforts to spread the Japanese style nursing practices in Bangladesh.