J’s Racing Statement Re: Junichi Umemoto Arrest

January 25, 2011 by Aaron in Automotive, J's Racing

I’m sure many people have already heard that a few nights ago the CEO of J’s Racing Japan, Junichi Umemoto, was arrested for Hit & Run Attempted Murder. The point of this post isn’t to repeat the news but to share a letter sent to all the J’s Racing distributors around the world.

Statement on the incident reported on media

January 25, 2011

J’s Corporation co.,ltd
C.E.O Hisaaki Murakami

To all the parties concerned

This statement is prepared in response to the news “Junichi Umemoto Arrested” reported on the media.

We sincerely regret and apologize for all the trouble we caused to our customers and business acquaintance. At the same time, we earnestly hope a speedy recovery of the injured party.

As of now, we have not obtained the complete information and we are unable to report all the detail of the incident. However, it is a fact that Mr. Umemoto has been arrested and has been questioned by the police.

Upon this development, the board of directors removed Mr. Umemoto from the C.E.O and have elected Hisaaki Murakami as the replacement. The boards also have elected Mr. Masafumi Yagi as the general manager to succeed Murakami.

Starting today, with this new management, we resume the regular operation and make utmost effort to avoid the similar trouble to our customers, clients, and the business associates.

We are determined and committed to do whatever necessary to restore the trust from you.

We greatly appreciate and look forward to your continued support and patronage.

Very Sincerely,

Phone +81-72-645-3500
Fax +81-72-645-3505
ZIP 567-0028
10-17 Hatakedacyou Ibaraki Osaka Japan
(URL) http://www.jsracing.co.jp

And in case you don’t know the story, here’s the article reported by Japanese news:

The police have arrest a 43 year old man related to a hit and run incident which happened in downtown Osaka. The suspect arrested for attempted murder is Junichi Umemoto who is a auto repair shop director. Late night on Jan 22, while driving a car, he hit a man walking and tried to leave the scene. Eiji Fujikawa, 39 years old, a colleague of the man held onto the mirror of Umemoto’s car. Umemoto continued to drive and dragged him approximately 100 meters before Fujikawa let go. Fujikawa-san broke his skull is now unconscious and in critical condition. The suspect is saying “I was scared of repercussions and kept on going. I didn’t mean to kill him.” On his own blog Umemoto introduces himself that he has entered over 100 official races and is an active driver.

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SEMA 2010

November 9, 2010 by Aaron in Automotive, Daily Happenings

Another year, another SEMA. Domestics seemed to dominate this year’s show, especially the Camaro. There weren’t any notable cars for us hardcore JDM enthusiasts other than a couple CR-Z’s at Honda’s booth this year. One of my favorite cars of the show was Honda’s CR-Z Hybrid R Concept which was designed by Five Axis, always a fan of their work. Too bad the aero parts will never see production but it’s always nice to see a clean production quality, one-off aero kit.

Out in the parking lot, Top Gear America was promoting their new History Channel show by giving people rides in taxi yellow supercars. It was a creative promotional idea but didn’t seem to get much attention.

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The Cost Of Carbon Manufacturing – BMW & SGL Carbon

April 29, 2010 by Aaron in Automotive

To put into perspective how much carbon fiber SHOULD cost to produce. BMW and SGL Carbon have announced a joint venture where SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC will build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. During the initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created. Compare this to the cost of cheap replica carbon manufacturers and you get a sense of the cost of properly produce quality parts. Granted this facility won’t be producing carbon fiber hoods or cosmetic accessories but actually carbon composites for upcoming BMW vehicles, it is is something to think about when loosely using the word carbon or dry carbon to describe parts. Not all carbon is created equal.

As another comparison, the Challenge Technology Center in Japan which produces ASM dry carbon and frp products is a million+ dollar facility with state of the machinery. So do the math, a million dollar facility to produce a $1500 bumper compared to a couple thousand dollar facility to produce a $500 replica part, which is a better value?

See the ASM aero part manufacturing process

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