TOKYO - Japanese carmakers' spending on the Y2K computer problem has ranged from 24 billion yen, or $233.8 million at current exchange rates, at Toyota Motor Corp., to $4.3 million at Nissan Diesel Motor Co., according to figures released with the companies' fiscal first-half results.
The figures are not always comparable. Some companies' spending totals included outlays at their consolidated subsidiaries, while others tallied only sums spent by the parent company.
In addition, several carmakers noted that it was difficult to separate out what they spent to counter the Year 2000 computer bug from normal budgets for new computers and related gear.
Nonetheless, the official figures offer an indication of the degree to which Japan's automakers have invested in preparedness against the risk of computers being unable to distinguish between 2000 and 1900 on Jan. 1.