Thomas J. Prusa, PhD writes in a column for The Hill that Japanese-branded automobile companies have become key contributors to the United States’ growing economic vitality. According to new analysis, which Prusa conducted on behalf of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) USA, these companies support more than 1.36 million American jobs. From production facilities and dealer networks to research and development (R&D) centers and suppliers, jobs originating from the Japanese-branded automakers have grown in each of the last two years and are now more than 10 percent larger than they were just two years ago. Likewise, Japanese-branded new vehicle dealers’ direct and intermediate employment totaled 423,568 in 2013, with 319,568 resulting from direct employment and 104,000 resulting from intermediate employment. Another 240,000 jobs were spin-offs from the direct and intermediate workers’ consumer spending, totaling more than 663,000 jobs tied to dealerships. The continued investments and contributions from Japanese-branded automakers, transform what have long been considered foreign-branded automobiles into U.S.-made goods, making them more American than ever and bringing countless jobs and economic activity to regions all across the U.S. along the way.