Tokyo Motor Show gets green light

TOKYO — The show will go on.

The Tokyo Motor Show, that is. The show's organizers officially decided to go ahead with the event in October as scheduled, despite concern over terrorist attacks in the United States.

The Japan Motor Industrial Federation, comprising Japan's four automotive industry associations, still is mulling whether to cancel the traditional opening ceremony, though.

The federation's decision came shortly after Hiroshi Okuda, chairman of Toyota Motor Corp. and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, raised the possibility that the show would be cancelled.

Cancellation is "one option," Okuda told reporters at a regular monthly JAMA press conference. "We have to see whether foreign automakers will join (the show)," he said.

Shortly after the press conference, Okuda and the other federation board members met and gave the show the green light.

The federation said it has collected replies from about 60 automobile and motorcycle makers and suppliers — including General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG — confirming that they will participate in the Tokyo Motor Show as planned.

The 35th motor show is scheduled to be open to the public from Oct. 27 through Nov. 7 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Press days will be Oct. 24 and 25. If there is an opening ceremony, it will be held Oct. 26.

The federation said it will discuss security with local police this week.

The previous Tokyo Motor Show was joined by 287 automakers and suppliers from 15 countries and was visited by 1.38 million people. This year, the motor show will be joined by almost the same number of participants from 13 nations.

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