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Japanese automakers wrestle with price-hike dilemma

With costs rising, how long can Toyota, others put off domestic increases?

A Camry sedan at Toyota's showroom in Nagoya. Japan's automakers are grappling with sharp rises in raw material prices. (Photo by Yuki Nakao) 

TOKYO -- Japan's biggest automakers have yet to resolve a dilemma: Raise prices to offset soaring raw material costs, or keep them steady and hope the weak yen will help keep their earnings intact?

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