Brief History

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. was established in 1967 to promote the sound development of the automobile manufacturing industry and contribute to social and economic welfare through research, information exchange, public service and international cooperation activities.

JAMA Chairmen 1967-
1967-1972 Katsuji Kawamata President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
1972-1980 Eiji Toyoda President, Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
(today's Toyota Motor Corporation)
1980-1986 Takashi Ishihara President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
1986-1990 Shoichiro Toyoda President, Toyota Motor Corporation
1990-1994 Yutaka Kume President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
1994-1995 Tatsuro Toyoda President, Toyota Motor Corporation
1995-1996 Masami Iwasaki Vice Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation
1996-2000 Yoshifumi Tsuji President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2000-2002 Hiroshi Okuda Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation
2002-2004 Yoshihide Munekuni Chairman, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2004-2006 Itaru Koeda Co-Chairman, Board of Directors, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2006-2008 Fujio Cho Vice Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation
2008-2010 Satoshi Aoki Chairman, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2010-2012 Toshiyuki Shiga Chief Operating Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2012- Akio Toyoda President, Toyota Motor Corporation

Significant Events


  • The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. is established on April 3 through a merger of the Automotive Industrial Association and the Japan Small Vehicle Manufacturers Association.


  • JAMA's Paris office opens.


  • JAMA's New York office opens.
  • JAMA exhibits at the Osaka Expo.


  • Four organizations including JAMA launch discussions on the
    recycling of end-of-life vehicles.


  • JAMA's North American office opens in Washington, D.C.


  • JAMA's exhibit space opens in the Science Museum (Tokyo).


  • A JAMA liaison office opens in Canada.


  • JAMA exhibits at the Tsukuba Science Expo.


  • JAMA's European office opens in Brussels.


  • Five organizations including JAMA establish the Association for Cooperation in Abandoned Car Disposal.


  • CAD data exchange standards are established.
  • A groundbreaking "Japan-China Automobile Industry Development and Exchange Meeting" is held (with a special JAMA mission dispatch).


  • Release of JAMA's International Cooperation Action Plan.


  • Formal signing of a U.S.-Japan automotive agreement.


  • JAMA opens a representative office in Singapore.
  • JAMA announces the creation of environmental guidelines for the industry.


  • JAMA celebrates its 30th anniversary.
  • JAMA establishes within its own organizational structure a CFC Recovery and Disposal Registration Center.


  • Operations are launched for the recovery and disposal of designated CFCs from vehicle air conditioners.
  • JAMA releases its End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Initiative (a voluntary action plan).
  • JAMA launches its Web sites.


  • An air bag recovery and processing system is established under industry auspices.


  • GM Japan officially joins JAMA.
  • The Japan Motor Industrial Federation (JMIF) and the Japan Automobile Industry Employers' Association (JAIEA) are merged with JAMA.
  • The first Global Automotive Industry Meeting is held.


  • Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. joins JAMA.
  • GM Japan becomes a "Former Member and Friend of JAMA."
  • JAMA’s Beijing office opens.
  • The first Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting is held.


  • JAMA’s head office moves to the newly opened Jidosha Kaikan.
  • JAMA launches a new publication focusing on its members' and its own activities related to safety and environmental protection in road transport.


  • Japan’s End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling Law enters into force and the national ELV recycling system is launched.
  • JAMA operates its “Wonder Wheel Pavilion” at the Aichi World Expo 2005.


  • JAMA releases the results of a study on CO2 emissions reduction in road transport.


  • JAMA members and Japan Auto-Body Industries Association (JABIA) members agree to reduce plant-emitted CO2 on a joint basis.
  • "Tokyo Motor Week" is held, focusing on passenger cars.


  • Renovation of JAMA's exhibit space at Tokyo's Science Museum.

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