Japan's Sudden Deceleration

For so very long now, there has been but one direction for Japanese carmakers in the U.S.: up. Most years, they've added a point or two to their share of the U.S. car and light-truck market. Even last year, while Detroit's Big Three piled up a record $7.5 billion in losses during a savage skid in sales, Japan picked up 1.7 points, to pass 25% for the first time.

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