Commentary: Wanted: Foreign Brides For Japan's Carmakers

Impossible. That's how Japan's auto industry reacted just a year ago to any suggestion of new partnering with foreign carmakers. Sure, Japan's banks may go bust. Its Prime Ministers may fall. And megamergers like DaimlerChrysler may rewrite the rules of the road. But surely Japan's most competitive manufacturers, its auto makers, would always race ahead--on their own.

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