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Japan’s auto industry needs Olympian effort to return to former glory

There will be a few bright spots amid the subdued outlook for Japan's auto industry in 2017, writes Ana Nicholls, Managing Editor, EIU Industry Briefing at The Economist Intelligence Unit

In 2012, when Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, took office, the country’s automotive sector was in the middle of a rapid recovery after the earthquake and tsunami of the previous year. Car sales were soaring on the back of small car subsidies, while a decline in the yen had seen vehicle output shoot up. In 2017, his fifth year in office, Abe will…

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