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Suzuki chairman pins hope on closer ties with Toyota

Alliance with one-time rival holds key to company's long-term future

Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki will turn 90 in 2020, the same year the company celebrates its centennial. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa) 

TOKYO -- For the past 20 years or so, Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki has been pondering the future of the carmaker he has led for four decades, striving for a vision of the company's next 100 years.

With technological shifts such as electric cars and autonomous driving clouding Suzuki Motor's outlook, and that of the industry as a whole, the chairman has bet on a deeper alliance with Japan's most powerful automaker.

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