TOKYO – Right or wrong, a second reality check in less than a year has Japanese bureaucrats reassured that China's fast-growing automotive industry remains a distant threat. Japan's powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) was not completely satisfied with the findings of 21 experts dispatched in March 2002 on a 2-week investigation of China’s auto industry growth. Consequently, a group of six scholarly specialists this February spent a week in Changchun, Beijing and ...

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