GM set to join JAMA

TOKYO — General Motors appears set to become the first foreign member of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. JAMA is expected to approve GM Japan’s application for membership at its board meeting Dec. 20, say sources close to the JAMA board.

The 13-member association limits membership to “companies that manufacture vehicles” in Japan but is expected to approve GM’s application on the basis of the U.S. carmaker’s outsourcing of vehicle production to Suzuki Motor Corp., in which it has a 20 percent stake.

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