Automotive tax reforms announced by the Japanese government have been welcomed by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), though it contends that the level of taxes and charges levied on Japanese auto buyers is still too high, report Asian news sources.

JAMA chairman Hiroshi Okuda says that the automobile industry applauds the reductions in auto-tax - within the framework of the auto-environmental tax system - as it is a taxation measure designed to promote the use of fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles.

Mr Okuda - who is also chairman of Toyota Motor - has urged the government to make changes to auto taxes based on vehicle weight and pledged to fight for deeper reforms to auto-related taxes.

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