Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Hino Motors Ltd. will combine their bus manufacturing operations through a joint venture to take effect in October 2003. It is yet to be seen how many jobs will be affected as a result of the merger. The two commercial vehicle makers are setting up an office in preparation for the merger, which they say is necessary given the shrinking demand for buses in Japan. In 1999 the two announced plans for the JV, but negotiations were put on hold due to more pressing ...

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