TOKYO – For nearly 70 years, General Motors Corp. has been withdrawing from the Japanese automotive market in installments. The announcement that Adam Opel GmbH exports to Japan will end Dec. 31 is the most recent in a series of disappointments, all the more poignant because the German subsidiary once was the prime source of GM’s hopes to become a major presence here. The Japanese import market historically has been small and difficult to penetrate, given the plethora of attractive ...

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