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Japan auto giants accelerate electric minicar rollout

Experts warn influx of overseas small EVs could upend market down the road

Mitsubishi Motors CEO Takao Kato expects 2022 to be 'the first year of electric kei cars.' (Photo by Ryotaro Yamada)

TOKYO -- Japan's top automakers are gearing up to roll out electric versions of the lightweight kei minicars that are so popular with drivers in the country, accelerating the shift to greener transport in the world's No. 3 economy.

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