General Motors Japan

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General Motors Japan
Subsidiary of General Motors
HeadquartersShinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
ProductsAutomobiles Edit this on Wikidata

General Motors Japan, Ltd. is a Japanese company that specializes in automobile imports and previously automobile production. It is a subsidiary of the American company General Motors.[1]


General Motors founded a subsidiary in Osaka in 1927.[2][3] From 1925 to 1935, the Japanese car market was dominated by American manufacturers (alongside GM since 1925 Ford and since 1930 also Chrysler).[3][4] In 1930, the combined market share of Ford and General Motors was 95%.[5] During its presence (1927-1939) General Motors had a market share of 42 percent.[6] Among the produced models was among others the brand Chevrolet.[4] As a result of a new law in 1936, according to which existing foreign companies were not allowed to increase their annual production further, further economic and political factors led to General Motors (like other American manufacturers) withdrawing from the Japanese market in 1939.[3]

The refoundation of General Motors Japan, Ltd. in Tokyo took place in 2001.[7]


  1. ^ "General Motors Japan Ltd.: Private Company Information". Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  2. ^ General Motors: Eighteenth Annual Report of General Motors Corporation, Year ended December 31, 1926, Wilmington 1027.
  3. ^ a b c Volker Elis (2009). "Von Amerika nach Japan und zurück Zeithistorische Forschungen". Zeithistorische Forschungen. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ a b Stewart Lone: „Japan and the Age of Speed: Urban Society and the Automobile, 1925-30“, in International and Japanese Studies Symposium: The Automobile in Japan, London 2005.
  5. ^ Mark Mason: American Multinationals and Japan: The Political Economy of Japanese Capital Controls, 18991980, Harvard 1992.
  6. ^ William Pelfrey, Billy, Alfred, and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, a Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History, New York 2006, S. 257.
  7. ^ "General Motors Japan Ltd: Company Profile - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-04-05.