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Hino truck scandal compounds Japan's logistics woes

With 40% of market for light-duty vehicles, its absence will be keenly felt

Hino Motors is responsible for around 40% of new light-duty trucks sold in Japan. (Photo courtesy of Hino Motors)

TOKYO -- With Hino Motors suspending new deliveries of light-duty trucks as part of its growing data scandal, Japan's already tight market for the vehicles used widely for deliveries and other commercial operations is only expected to worsen.

Light-duty trucks generally weigh around 4 to 5 tonnes and have a load capacity of 2 tonnes or less. They play an integral part in Japan's logistics chains, especially as the rise of e-commerce bolsters demand for home deliveries.

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