Japan carmakers lend a hand in race for ventilators

TOKYO — With the coronavirus outbreak expected to increase demand for ventilators in Japan, companies outside the medical sector are working within tight regulatory constraints to support efforts to ramp up production.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Friday that member companies would offer support to ventilator makers. Akio Toyoda, chairman of the industry group and president of Toyota Motor, discussed providing know-how to improve manufacturing processes.

Ventilators are crucial for keeping critically ill coronavirus patients alive. Japan had more than 28,000 of the machines as of mid-February, of which about 60% were available for use, but this may not

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