TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. fans the flames of merger speculation by asserting that it has not ruled out a future equity tie-up. Katsuhiko Kawasoe, the president of Japan's fourth-largest automaker, says it is becoming difficult for companies to develop expensive future technologies alone. He says that a technical agreement need not be reliant upon a capital tie-up. However, this statement, many say, means that the company, burdened with a ¥1.7 trillion (US$16 billion) debt, indeed ...

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