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Tuesday, 23rd February 2010
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Japan's exports slowing in wake of Toyota scandal

Export levels in Japan are slowing after the president of Toyota was called to speak before US Congress following recent safety scandals.

Japanese parliamentary secretary on economic affairs Keisuke Tsumura said: "Strong growth in Asia-bound exports seems to be slowing and we also have to consider Toyota's recalls, so we've given a cautious judgment on exports."

As a result of the falling exports, Japan has lowered its estimates for exports in its February economic report and many market analysts suggest that the ongoing scandal could have an impact on Japan's gross domestic product.

Toyota has come under fire after failing to react quickly to safety issues with many of its models, with president Akio Toyoda personally criticised for not speaking publically about the issue for some time.

He is due to appear before US Congress tomorrow (February 24th).

Toyota has promised to overhaul its quality check procedures and also said that all future cars will be fitted with a new braking override system.

Written by Mark Smith.

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