May 29, 2020

Automobile Industry Support Measures to Fight COVID-19

Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA)
Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)
Japan Auto-Body Industries Association Inc. (JABIA)
Japan Automotive Machinery and Tool Manufacturers Association (JAMTA)

At a joint conference on April 10, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (Chairman: Akio Toyoda), the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (Chairman: Shinichi Odo), the Japan Auto-Body Industries Association (Chairman: Shohei Kimura), and the Japan Automotive Machinery and Tool Manufacturers Association (Chairman: Osamu Tsuji) expressed their determination as pillars of the automobile industry to contribute to the fight against and recovery from the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

The automobile industry is making concerted efforts to be of optimal assistance to those, including medical personnel, on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 and is also committed to protecting the human resources and the technology needed to safeguard Japan’s manufacturing infrastructure, through a mutually supportive framework adopted by our industries.

Applying their manufacturing and logistical know-how and taking advantage of their global supply chains, our four associations’ member companies are, as a first step, pursuing measures that include the production and supply of personal protective equipment and other sanitary goods needed in medical care; support in the improvement of medical equipment manufacturers’ productivity; and the supply of vehicles for the transport of infected persons. (See attachment for details.)

In addition, new support measures are being examined for implementation predicated on a precise understanding of the needs of individual regions and on the use of the technologies applied by our respective member companies.

A dedicated website (in Japanese only) also provides an explanation of the measures being pursued at present by our associations’ member companies. Those measures will be expanded in the future, and information on this website will be updated accordingly.

Every effort will be made so that our industry and its business operations can continue to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, support economic activities, and play a key role in Japan’s recovery from the pandemic.

Attachment: Summary of Anti-COVID-19 Support Measures Adopted by Four Auto Industry Associations

Contact: JAMA Public Relations Office / Tel: 03-5405-6179