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Toyota to Introduce New Management System

Eine Meldung der Toyota Motor Corporation TMC, Japan

Tokyo - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that following this year's general shareholders meeting in June it plans to introduce a new management system that features, among other enhancements, a streamlined board of directors and the new position of non-board managing officer.

With global competition growing evermore severe, the new management system is aimed at boosting TMC's competitiveness as the company strives toward objectives outlined in its 2010 Global Vision announced in April 2002. This system is meant to make the most of TMC's traditional strengths of placing at its management core people capable of understanding and putting into practice TMC's corporate principles and of practicing hands-on decision-making (genchi genbutsu*). It is also aimed at accelerating managerial processes by streamlining the number of board members and at speeding up operations by making the decision-making structure less vertical. At the same time, the system hopes to strengthen corporate auditing efforts by increasing the number of outside corporate auditors.

With the implementation of this new system, TMC targets further growth and development as a global company.

Streamlined board of directors
The new board of directors will consist of 20-30 members of senior managing director rank or higher. Each will be appointed for a one-year term.

Non-board managing officers
Such officers (under a performance-based system) will number about 30-40 persons, each in charge of daily operations in specific fields/divisions, and include non-Japanese and younger appointees, as well as executives resident at TMC's overseas affiliates, whose numbers will be increased. Each will be appointed for a one-year term.

Less-vertical decision-making
Matters concerning daily operations in specific fields/divisions will be settled at no higher than the level of senior managing director; senior managing directors, as the highest authorities in their areas of supervision, will participate in overall management of the company while overseeing "on-site" decision-making related to their fields of operations

Improved auditing
Outside corporate auditors will be increased?out of a total of seven corporate auditors, four will come from outside the company.

*Going to an issue's source to understand the actual situation, build consensus and expediently achieve one's goal

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