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Isuzu

Isuzu

Industry: 
Automotive
Value of USG Contracts: 
31
Symbol: 
TYO:7202
States: 
CA
Country: 
Japan
Sources: 

"Isuzu uses the Bahman Group as its distributor in Iran, according to Isuzu's Web site. The Sepah Cooperative Foundation, a large investment fund closely linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), owns a 45 percent share of the Bahman Group, according to Iranian newspaper reports. (Among the links between the Sepah Cooperative Foundation and the IRGC: the general manager of the the Sepah Cooperative until this fall was IRGC commander Ahmad Vahid-Dastjerdi. Another former notable head of the Sepah Cooperative Foundation was Mohsen Rafiqdoost, who helped found the IRGC. The Sepah Cooperative Foundation's stake in the Bahman Group has also been reported by Rand Corporation, in a 2009 report prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as the think tanks the Washington Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations reports.) Isuzu spokesman Kouichi Itou said in a statement that the company was not aware of those links and believed that a 'Retirement Insurance Organization' was a 45 percent shareholder in Bahman."
 
From 2000 through March 2010, Isuzu has been the recipient of $1.9 million in U.S. federal funds. (The New York Times, "Profiting from Iran, and the U.S.", 3/6/10)