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101 Best Japan Automotive Startups – The Future of Transportation

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japan based Automotive companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Automotive industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Japan Automotive Startups

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Toyota Motor

Toyota Motor

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Toyota is an automotive company that manufactures and markets vehicles to over 170 countries and regions.

Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors

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Mitsubishi Motors is a Japan-based automobile company that develops, produces, and sells passenger vehicles and automotive components.

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Tier IV

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Tier IV develops open source software for autonomous driving.

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SkyDrive

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SkyDrive is a start-up for development,manufacturing,sales of the “Flying cars” established by CARTIVATOR members.

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VAAK

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VAAK operates human analysis platform with behavior recognition for retail and security: crime prevention and checkout-less systems.

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ZMP

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ZMP is a producer of robotics products and accessories such as vehicles and buses.

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SB Drive

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SB Drive is an entity created last year to develop autonomous vehicle technology for public transport

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Mobility Technologies

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Mobility Technologies provides vehicle allocation systems for taxi operators.

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JapanTaxi

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JapanTaxi is a Provider of taxi booking services designed to cater the needs of people in Japan.

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Global Mobility Service

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Global Mobility Service is a financial service company.

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Akippa

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Akippa is an Osaka-based company that offers parking space reservation services.

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FOMM

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FOMM is a worked on the planning and development of mobility using original electric vehicle.

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Cocoa Motors

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WalkCar is a manufacturer of an electric car that can be mobile and put it in a bag.

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DennoKotsu

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Denno Kotsu is a Taxi dispatch system development and provision, taxi company contract dispatch service

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GLM

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GLM develops and manufactures automobiles, including electronic cars.

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XTIA

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XTIA is engaged in the development, manufacturing, and sales of high-precision measurement instruments and 3D scanners.

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Denso

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Denso is a supplier of advanced automotive technology.

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DiDi Mobility Japan

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DiDi Mobility is collaboration with taxi operators and related ministries and agencies.

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Blue Innovation Co.

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Development of a safe flight management system for unmanned aerial vehicles Solutions for R & D and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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MANTRA

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MANTRA is a developer of machine translation technology.

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AeroEdge

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AeroEdge manufactures equipment for aerospace industry.

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Honda Motor

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Honda Motor is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles.

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AZAPA

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AZAPA engages in Automotive, Energy, Info Tech, Communication & Technology, and R & D business.

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Ecohai Co.,Ltd

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Ecohai Co.,Ltd is an ecological and economic parcel delivery service provider offering low-cost delivery services with a reduced carbon.

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Exvision

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Developing “Hi-Speed Vision” algorithm and products, which leverage images taken at higher frame rate than standard video rate (>100fps)

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micro-AMS

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micro-AMS are a venture company aiming for industrial revolution in the thermoplastic resin molding field through “Photon Molding”.

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U-MaP

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U-MAP is a start-up from Nagoya University to develop industrial materials.

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Woven Planet Holdings

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Woven Planet Holdings develops technologies designed to achieve zero casualties and provide mobility for all.

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TRUST

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TRUST is a used cars seller company.

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Michael Japan

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Michael is a Internet service development and operation.

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APTJ

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Automotive Platform Technology Japan (APTJ) primarily engages in the development and sale of automotive software and hardware products.

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FINE TRADING JAPAN

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FINE TRADING JAPAN is a Development, manufacture and sale of automobile-related products, automobile company

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Best1

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Best1 provides internet, web & graphics design and automotive services.

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Subaru

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Subaru manufactures multifaceted transport equipment.

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Nissan Motor Corporation

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Nissan Motor Corporation is a Japanese automobile maufacturer.

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Sharenori

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Sharenori is a car-sharing service provider among individuals.

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ASTER Japan

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Astor is a Development and production and sale of industrial machinery

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TDK Corporation

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TDK Corporation is your source for electronic solutions.

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Keeyls

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Keeyls is providing a system that solves the time and physical divergence between those who want to lend /provide.

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nommoc

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nommoc is a service that provides customers with a future travel experience by arranging a car with a smartphone app.

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Four Link Systems

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Four Link Systems is a Next-generation automotive technology research and development, design, contract development

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Toyota Tsusho

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The newborn Toyota Tsusho Group aims to be a new trading company group that makes flexible ideas and proposals.

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Hitachi Chemical

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Hitachi Chemical co., ltd. is a chemical manufacturer engaged in multiple industries.

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SIRIUS PLUS Ltd

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Holographic development company

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Bridgestone Corporation

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Bridgestone Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells tires and other rubber products.

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Yamaha Motor Co.,

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Yamaha Motor Corporation is an automotive manufacturing company, specializing in motorcycles and outboard motors.

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Keyence

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Sensors, barcode readers, vision systems

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Mazda Motor Corp.

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Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japan-based company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of automobiles and automobile parts.

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15th Rock Ventures

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15th Rock focuses on seed and pre-IPO investments.

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Koito

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Koito engages in manufacturing and marketing of automotive lighting equipment, aircraft parts, electrical equipment, and other products.

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Aisin Seiki

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Aisin Seiki develops and produces components and systems for the automotive industry.

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NSK

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NSK is an industrial machinery company that engages in developing and manufacturing bearings.

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Daihatsu

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Daihatsu is the surviving Japanese internal combustion engine manufacturers.

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Calsonic Kansei Corporation

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Calsonic Kansei Corporation is a Japan-based manufacturer specializing in the manufacture and sale of automobile components.

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Honda Motor & Scooter India Pvt. Limited

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Honda Motor Europe Ltd. was established in October 1989.

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Subaru Corporation

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Subaru Corporation is a transportation equipment manufacturing company.

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Toyota Industries Corp

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Toyota Industries Corp focuses on the manufacture and sales of automobiles, materials handling equipment, textile machinery, and more.

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NCXX Solutions

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NCXX Solutions is a software company.

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Hitachi Automotive Systems

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Hitachi Automotive Systems manufactures automotive and transportation components and systems including engine powertrain systems.

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HI-LEX Corporation

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HI-LEX Corporation is a Japanese corporation specializing in the manufacture and sale of remote-controlling electrical cables .

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JTEKT Corporation

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JTEKT Corporation is an automotive company provides Steering Systems, Bearings, Driveline Components, and Machine Tool & Mechatronics.

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Toyoda Gosei

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Toyoda Gosei specializes in manufacturing and sales of automotive parts, including weatherstrips, functional parts, and safety systems.

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Kobe Steel

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Kobe Steel, Ltd. is a diversified corporation with businesses in the three core areas of materials, machinery and electric power.

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Hitachi Metals

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A materials manufacturer that has gained distinction for its high-quality technology and outstanding development capabilities.

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JATCO Ltd

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JATCO Ltd is an automotive company that provides transmissions and manufacturing services.

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Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development

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Toyota Research Institute is a pioneer in developing software for automated driving at Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Pilkington

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Pilkington is a manufacturer of high performance glass and glazing solutions contributing to energy conservation and generation.

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Futaba

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Futaba creates everything from its own tools to its own manufacturing facilities.

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IDOM Inc.

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IDOM operates a network of stores that buy and sell used cars throughout Japan.

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Stanley Electric

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Stanley Electric specializes in manufacturing of automotive and other light bulbs.

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I-AUC

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I-AUC is an online used car auction agency that provides buying, selling, and transportation services.

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Nippon Seiki

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Nippon Seiki engages in sales and manufacturing of Instrument clusters for automobiles, motorcycles and other applications.

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Carpaydiem

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Carpaydiem specializes in selling and transporting Japanese used commercial vehicles and trucks.

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Vehicle Energy Japan

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Vehicle Energy Japan specializes in development, manufacturing and sales of automotive lithium-ion batteries.

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Automotive Energy Supply Corporation

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Automotive Energy Supply Corporation is a leading lithium-ion battery company.

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ALPINE Japan

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ALPINE Japan is a car audio, car navigation systems, and other mobility-related services seller company.

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Primearth EV Energy Co

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Primearth EV Energy Co engages in development, manufacturing and sales of NiMH batteries for PEV/HEV.

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JAMA

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JAMA promotes the development of the Japanese automobile industry and contributes to social-economic welfare.

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Car Hub Japan

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Car Hub Japan is a leading automobile trading company, providing top-of-the-line Japanese used cars to customers around the world.

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Honest Co. Ltd.

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Honest is an auto parts manufacturing firm.

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Shoei

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Shoei is a Japanese company that produces motorsport helmets.

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ALPHA Corporation

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ALPHA Corporation is a manufacturer of automobile parts.

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Toyo Tire

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Toyo Tire is a tire and rubber products company.

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YAZAKI Japan

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YAZAKI Japan is an automotive parts manufacturer focusing on wire harnesses, instruments, and components such as connectors and terminals.

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Cataler

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Cataler produces exhaust gas purification catalysts, catalyst materials and chemical solutions for the automotive industry.

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CARTIVATOR

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This is a voluntary activity group consisted of young members who are mainly in automobile industry.

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Kinto

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Kinto is a Company to manage and operate its beloved-car subscription service.

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Autorod

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Autorod is a renowned auto trading company, exporting top-notch Japanese used cars globally.

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Nichirin

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Nichirin manufactures hose parts for automobiles and motorcycles.

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ZENRIN DataCom

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Zenrin Datacom is a development tool for implementing map content, search functions, and location information related functions.

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TOKAIRIKA

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Tokai Rika manufactures and sells human machine interface systems, security systems, safety systems, and electronic products.

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KYB

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KYB is a manufacture and sale of hydraulic equipment and hydraulic shock absorbers.

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JC Export

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Buy Used Cars from Japan in Best Prices

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ZERO-SUM

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Zerosum is an Automotive ITS business company.

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Nihon Kotsu

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Nihon Kotsu is one of the biggest taxi company in Tokyo.

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Rainbow Partners

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Rainbow Partners pioneers licensing entertainment metadata, media recognition and recommendation solutions.

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Harada Industry

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Harada Industry manufactures and sells automotive equipment and communications equipment.

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Doog

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Doog Co., Ltd. develops mobile robots that operate safely and reliably near where people work and live.

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TAU

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TAU engages in the recycling of Japanese used cars, damaged cars, and spare parts.

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INFINITI Motor Company

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INFINITI Motor Company is an automotive manufacturing company with innovative driver-assistance technologies.

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Campingcar

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Campingcar is engages in Camper car rental, outdoor media, agricultural IoT business.

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