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New Data Shows Japanese Automakers’ Investment in America

Japanese-brand automakers have invested more than $57 billion in their U.S. manufacturing facilities.

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The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association U.S. office (JAMA USA) released its annual contributions update entitled, “40 Years of Manufacturing Excellence in America.” The release highlights how Japanese-brand automakers have established a decades-long legacy of manufacturing excellence in the United States and become an integral part of the U.S. auto industry.

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The release shows that Japanese-brand automakers invested more than $57 billion in their U.S. manufacturing facilities over the past four decades and now directly provide 110,000 American jobs, a nearly 16% increase since 2020. The release also profiles Japanese-brand automakers’ extensive vehicle and engine production in the U.S., as well as their ongoing investments in sustainability.

Below are key 2021 data points:

JAMA U.S. Economic Contributions Data
2021
Cumulative U.S. Manufacturing Investment (USD)$57.1 Billion
Vehicle Production in the U.S. (units)2,723,564
Engine Production in the U.S. (units)3,444,931
Exports from U.S. Plants (units)301,953
Number of U.S. Employees
Manufacturing69,464
R&D/Design6,992
Headquarters, Sales & Others33,544
Total Direct U.S. Employment110,000

“Japanese-brand automobile manufacturers have a strong, positive history in the United States. Our members have played an integral role in the U.S. economy and have helped local communities to prosper since the first U.S. Japanese-brand automobile manufacturing facility opened in the ‘80s,” said Anita Rajan, general director of JAMA USA. “Through their significant investments in America, Japanese-brand automakers have created high-quality jobs and forged a skilled workforce who stands ready to take on the demands of advanced manufacturing today and in the years ahead.”

“This year’s release is a true testament to our members’ commitment to the American automotive industry and workforce of the future,” continued Rajan. “Our members will remain at the forefront of driving innovation in critical vehicle technologies like electrified vehicles and developing advanced vehicles to meet the needs of American drivers and families. The spirit of innovation is at the heart of Japanese-brand automakers’ U.S. operations over the past 40 years and will continue to be for decades to come.”

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