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Japan car lobby chief says coronavirus having big impact on sales

Toyota Motor CEO Akio Toyoda speaks as the chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association at a news conference on March 19 in Tokyo. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO (Reuters) -- A coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on the automotive manufacturing industry, the head of a Japanese lobby group said on Thursday, adding that its members will need to keep adjusting production, amid a projected slump in demand.

"The truth is, it was shocking just how much the world could change in an instant," Akio Toyoda, who also leads Japan's biggest automaker, Toyota Motor Corp, told a news conference in Tokyo.

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