HIGASHI-HIROSHIMA, Japan - It ain't pretty, with its discolored and slightly rusted metal siding. Yet behind the walls of the aging No.1 factory of Microtechno Corp. lies one of the secrets of Mazda Motor Corp.'s new Renesis rotary engine that powers Mazda's just-launched, all-new RX-8 sports car. Here, 15 miles (24 km) east of Hiroshima in the heart of a famous Japanese sake-brewing region, Mazda sources the rotary engine rotor apex seals, the thin cast-iron strip that seals the rotary's ...

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