Takeshi Uchiyamada, chairman of the Board of Directors of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), has highlighted the significance of Crown Prince Salman’s state visit to Japan, adding that the royal visit reflected the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan.
“The relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan are very close, and this visit is evidence that confirms the depth of the bonds of this relationship at various levels and in different areas,” Uchiyamada said in statement on the occasion of the crown prince’s visit.
Uchiyamada explained Toyota’s history in Saudi Arabia, a deep-rooted relationship that dates back to more than half a century with the establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan.
He also pointed out that Abdul Latif Jameel Company (ALJ) is one of the best distributors in Toyota’s global network. ALJ is one of 14 companies around the world (including Toyota owned companies) that has won the Excellence Award in after-sales service during the past three years.
Uchiyamada also said that ALJ is the largest independent distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the world with the largest independent retail network, employing over 12,000 people in after-sales alone.
The TMC chairman also commended ALJ’s community services. “Since 2003, ALJ Community Initiatives (ALJCI) has launched numerous global and regional programs in art, education, poverty alleviation as well as job creation initiatives which have helped create tens of thousands of job opportunities annually in Saudi Arabia. ALJCI has become a role model in Community Initiatives for other companies to follow around the world,” he added.