SAYAMA, Japan – Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has a long history of doing a lot with less. So it was when the auto maker closed its aging – and cramped – Wako engine plant eight years ago and shifted production to nearby Sayama. Construction of the new facility, adjacent to Honda’s Sayama vehicle assembly plant in Saitama prefecture, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Tokyo, was part of a ¥51 billion ($471 million) modernization of the auto maker’s domestic manufacturing base. The chief benefit of ...

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