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Updated at 10:44 am on 8 January 2013
Car sales in Japan rose more than a quarter last year as the industry recovered from the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The Japan Automobile Dealers Association said sales of cars, trucks and buses rose by 26.1% to 3,390,274 in 2012, despite a fall in December.
State subsidies also helped to boost sales of environmentally-friendly cars.
A number of major carmakers were forced to suspend production as a result of the tsunami in March 2011.
However, they bounced back strongly last year. Domestic car sales were up 26.3% to 3,014,651 and truck sales were up 24.4%.
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