In 1986 trade tensions between the USA and Japan were are all time highs. The labor undercutting from East Asia with low cost international transportation saw that many manufacturing jobs in the USA were lost. In the wake of this process a special gem from Hollywood Land was created Gung Ho 1986.
Here is the logo of the fictional Japanese automobile company. Notice it has the Japanese disc as found on the Japanese national flag. Also the name Assan strikes a similar sound with Nissan, which is indeed a real Japanese motor company.