Resumption of Imported Automobile Sales
After World War II, automobile import resumed in 1948 under the foreign currency allocation system. However, at that time, because only automobiles for special uses such as ambulances, and vehicles for the media and tourists were allowed to be imported, most of foreign automobiles on street then were those disposed of by the American military.
Furthermore, to accelerate the economic recovery, the government stipulated that only vehicles manufactured in Japan could be procured for official use. The emphasis was on promoting export while restricting import. As a result, imported automobile owners were virtually limited to a small number of wealthy and privileged people.