Japanese automakers and major US automotive tool and equipment manufacturers will
meet in Torrance, California from today (4/12/00) to review 2001 vehicle models.
They will review new tool and diagnostic equipment developments in order to provide
better service to American customers.

This 13th annual "Japanese Technical Week," co-sponsored by the Japan
Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and the Equipment and Tool Institute
(ETI) will feature discussions about the US aftermarket service and distribution
systems.

The briefing, which will provide insights into emission and safety regulations,
will take place at the Marriott Hotel until December 7th. The audience will
hear presentations from JAMA, the Japanese vehicle manufacturers, ETI, and a
representative from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Some 70 participants
from 40 ETI members will attend the meeting.

"The continued global investment among automobile manufacturers along
with the high tech operation of new vehicles is a challenge to the manufacturers
and those who provide service. American auto owners must feel confident in the
service they receive, whether it is done at a dealership or an independent garage,"
Yoshihiro Yano, deputy general director, JAMA USA said.

JAMA member companies participating in the briefings include Fuji Heavy Industries
(Subaru), Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki and Toyota.

These briefings are part of activities stemming from "JAMA Action Plan
for International Cooperation." This is a continuing effort to encourage
interchange and understanding between car-related industries throughout the
world. The last two meetings were held in Japan.