TOKYO â€“ The most unlikely U.S. hostages today are Japanese auto makers. While the word may not be politically or economically correct, it aptly describes a curious anomaly. North America, in general, and the U.S., in particular, yield so much of their profits that as sales there wax and wane so do the fortunes of Japan's car companies. North American car sales, such as this Galant, account for 138% of Mitsubishiâ€™s total profits, offsetting worldwide losses. The result is a ...
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