December 8, 1945
Japanese auto industry resumes post-war production
After World War II ended with Japan’s surrender on September 3, 1945, Japan remained under Allied occupation ruled by an occupation government. Its war industries were shut down completely. On this day in 1945, the Toyota Motor Company received permission from the occupation government to start production of buses and trucks–vehicles necessary to keep Japan running. It was the first rumble of the postwar auto industry in Japan.