Minoru Hayashi recently stepped down as the president of Dome Co. Ltd. and chairman of the Japan Motor-Racing Industry Association, the JMIA.
Hiroshi Fushida has succeeded to the presidency at Dome, and Kiyoshi Oiwa, TOMS Co., Ltd. has taken over as chairman of the JMIA.
Hayashi will keep contributing to car designing projects at Dome as a special advisor, but has entrusted Fushida with management of the whole company.
Hayashi still remains in JMIA as one of the directors, and makes his contributions to the organization under Oiwa's management.
In explaining his decision, Hayashi released a lengthy statement that said, in part, "If you were in the professional motor racing industry, you would have to get along with a few huge organizations so called automotive companies. In my long experience in this industry, I have found the chemistry between myself and office workers in such large organizations absolutely awful for whatever reason….To make the matter worse, I have openly criticized the way the Japanese motor racing has been organized. As a result of these, it has become obvious more and more that automotive companies are not happy to work with me and that I am the most significant factor retarding the growth of Dome.
"I am an extremist in general, which was the case again this time," he continued. "I completely lost my interests in projects related to the Japanese motor racing quickly. However I still had to remember that there were a few ongoing projects at Dome, that I had responsibility for the employees' lives,
"What I would like to stress is I have lost my interests anything related to Japanese motor racing but not in designing cars," he added. "My main job in Dome will be managing car design but I am also actively involved in the sports-car project based in South-East Asia."