May 16, 2002

JAMA Merges with the Japan Motor Industrial Federation and the Japan Automobile Industry Employers' Association
May 2002

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the Japan Motor Industrial Federation (JMIF) and the Japan Automobile Industry Employers' Association (JAIEA) formally agreed to a consolidation of the three organizations at JAMA's 36th General Assembly meeting held in Tokyo on May 16, 2002. The merger is official as of that date, having been approved by these three auto industry groups following the completion of a preliminary assessment study launched in May 2001.

The "new" JAMA will effectively integrate the operations of the three bodies and expand and reinforce its activities in the areas listed below. Remaining unchanged will be JAMA's basic goal of contributing to society through the promotion and support of greater mobility and sound, sustainable development for the motor industry in the 21st century.

Enhancing the Tokyo Motor Show: Sponsorship and organization of the annual Tokyo Motor Show will continue to focus on entertaining its visitors while maximizing the opportunities provided by the Show to highlight various key themes, promote a deeper understanding on the part of vehicle users of the issues being addressed by the auto industry, and monitor the opinions and ideas of the motoring public. Furthermore, with growing globalization within the industry worldwide, the Tokyo Motor Show (first held in 1954) will be used as a venue for expanding international exchange activities and otherwise heightening its overall status.

Improving information communication: The new JAMA will seek to optimize the integrated management of the Automobile Library so as to enhance the usefulness of this unique and extensive archive of materials-including in-depth studies and analyses, broad-ranging statistics and historical compilations-pertaining to the motor industry. On the IT front, the JAMA and JMIF websites will be fused in a strategic move to deepen the channels of intercommunication with users and the public at large.

Forging more effective labor-management relations: With the sweeping changes brought about by steadily expanding globalization within the auto industry, demands are emerging for swift and comprehensive responses to critical labor-management issues. JAMA will continue to work for more constructive, productive ties between labor and management on the domestic front, while at the same time effectively addressing the broad scope of issues confronting the industry internationally in terms of improved human resource administration, safety and health.

Streamlining and optimizing internal structure and operations: JAMA will review and revamp existing business strategies; realign and consolidate its accounting, general affairs, personnel and other divisions to eliminate any redundancy in content and function; simplify its committee and subcommittee system; and actively promote new measures aimed at reducing the burden on member companies and maximizing efficiency in all aspects of its business and administrative operations.