About Jagath


Jagath was born in Colombo Sri Lanka. He is the only son of Mr KPW Ramanayake and Mrs Nanda Ramanayke. Jagath has three siblings, one older sister Dr Asoka and two younger sisters Dr Enoka Wagaarachchi and Dharshika. His mother was a curriculum developer, and his father a businessman. Jagath’s parents were the pioneering Japanese car exporters in Sri Lanka just after economical revolution started in SL in 1977. Later they expanded their business interests in SL as well as overseas.

 

Jagath attended Nalanda College, Colombo. He completed his tertiary education in Japan where he obtained B.Sc in business from The University of Yokohama “Kanto Gakuin University”  in 1990. Later he completed an MBA at Tokyo University of Information Sciences. His research thesis was on Transferability of Japanese Management to Asia.

 

In 1996 Jagath married Miss Samantha Subasinghe, a solicitor. Jagath and Samantha have four children. Samantha now works as a director for the RAMA DBK in its sales division.

Jagath is keen sportsman. He captained the Rugby 1st XV – Nalanda College (1985) and “A – Division Rugby – Peterson Club” (1987-1988). He is team coach for “ALHI FOOTBALL CLUB” – Yokohama ( 2005 to date).

His Career

  • President – Sri Lanka Automobile Exporters Association in Japan (SLAEAJ) (Recognized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan, A self motivated, non-profit making social Organization that is functioning while interacting with the Embassy of Sri Lankan in Japan and the Sri Lanka Government authorities ) since 2012  (http://www.slaeaj.com/)
  • VICE CHAIRMAN (SUB) – (JUMVEA) Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exports Association (http://www.jumvea.or.jp) – The Official and the Japanese government recognized body- since 2002~2011
  • Director – JUMVEA Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exports Association – The Official and the Japanese government recognized body- since 2002~2011
  • President – Sri Lanka Business Council of Japan (SLBCJ) – Recognized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan as an institution to promote Business between Japan and Sri Lanka, since 2007 ~2012 (http://www.slbcj.com/)
  • Vice President – USS Japan Foreign vehicle Exporter’s Association (Chief Organizer of “Vehicle Exporters Association” of USS AUTO AUCTION the biggest vehicle auction) from 2000 to 2003
  • Vice President – Sri Lanka Business Council of Japan (SLBCJ) 2003 ~ 2007
  • Director  – “Lanka-Ji” Temple Chiba & Director of the Board of Trustees.
  • Chief Advisor – Hajioji Temple SoshanJi International Buddhist Centre, Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama
  • Chief Adviser – the Sri Lanka Students Association in Japan (The recognized body by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Japan).
  • President of Rama Group Ltd – Yokohama, Japan (http://www.ramagroup.jp)
  • Director – Ramanayake Automobiles (PVT) Ltd. Sri Lanka -  http://www.rama-auto.com)
  • Director – Vision International School (Kandy, Sri Lanka) – http://visioninternationalkandy.com
  • Director – Tokyo Bayside Language School. – Chiba-Japan
  • Managing Director – Tokyo Bayside Lanka Language School -Sri Lanka

 

Philanthropy

  • Four Ambulances donated to Sri Lankan hospitals and the Sri Lankan Army
  • A well-equipped special bus donated for Disabled soldiers at “Ranaviru Sewana”, Ragama
  • Buses donated to Nalanda College, Colombo & St. Paul’s Milagiriya Girls School
  • Donated a mobile medical unit with X-ray and equipment to the Ministry of Lands and Land development
  • Diesel & gasoline engines and vehicle parts donated to the Vocational Training Centre, under the Ministry of Vocational Training
  • Sponsor of “Team Sri Lanka – Motor Team” that participated at the world-renowned Bathurst 24hr motor race in Australia
  • Helping Sri Lankan students to get accustomed to Japan, and providing advice and financial support when needed
  • A well-equipped special bus donated for disabled soldiers in 2007 during the Sri Lankan President’s Japan Visit. (One of the donors)
  • Since 1988 has been one of the main sponsors for all national events & festivals organized by the Sri Lanka embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
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