SAGAMIHARA, Japan – Central Motors Corp.’s facility here ranks among the oldest automotive plants in Japan. Opening its doors in 1960, the plant is anything but pretty, with cinderblock walls and chipped, though freshly painted, concrete floors. And with only 900,000 sq.-ft. (83,610 sq.-m) of floor space, into which are squeezed two final assembly lines, it is one of the most congested and cluttered. Yet, inside the aging structure can be seen some of the more innovative manufacturing ...

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