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Understanding Japan's domestic and global automotive industry

April 7, 2013

UMTRI hosted a one-day conference on the Japanese automotive market on Friday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Michigan.

The event, "Inside Japan: Understanding the Current and Future Japanese Domestic and Global Automotive Industry," examined what makes the Japan market and Japanese auto manufacturers and suppliers unique. Speakers discussed macro issues, such as the auto market, government regulations, and the Japanese economy, as well as issues related to trade and labor.

To discuss micro level issues, representatives from Doshisha University of Kyoto, Japan (conference sponsor), examined the role of Japanese R&D workers. In addition, speakers representing manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, academics, and government discussed issues related to the current Japanese auto industry and where it may be heading in the near future.

To see conference presentations, go to Inside Japan conference.