(photo by airgap)
This may not be really web/IT for regular Asiajin, but fuel saving is supported by IT, and car and software may be hot topic around US Toyota incident, too (thanks for link Paul).
More than 10 foreign car brands including Hummer H3 V8 were added to the government’s “Eco Car” tax reduction program which encourages people to replace their current cars with more environmental friendly ones.
Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that they expand their tax reduction program for eco-friendly cars to more foreign brands [J, pdf].
Foreign car vendors and importers have been protested that governmental stimulus packages mostly help Japanese cars.
We are very happy about how we appreciate that the Japanese government announced yesterday that they have, I guess after listening to our arguments, amended those regulations to the extent that foreign cars can more easily prove compliance with those requirements, as far as fuel efficiency requirements are concerned.
comment by Chairman of JAIA, Japan Automobile Importers Association
via Sankei Shimbun [J]