TOKYO – Foreign car makers are in danger of losing their special edge in Japan. Their dreams of capturing 10% or even 15% of a growing market vanished long ago. Now things are taking a turn for the worse toward a smaller share of a shrinking market. The domestic automotive market peaked in 1990 at 7.7 million units (including 5.1 million cars), then began a gradual decline before stagnating around the 6 million car, truck and bus sales annually of the last six years. Mercedes ...

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