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$600m Philippine rail car order won by Japan's Sumitomo, JR East unit

Manila commuter line intended to reduce traffic, pollution

A rail car covered by the contract is displayed at an event celebrating the deal. (Photo by Yuichi Shiga)

MANILA -- Japanese trading house Sumitomo and a unit of East Japan Railway won an order from the Philippines on Friday worth just over $600 million for 304 rail cars, part of a commuter line extension connecting Manila with cities to the north and south.

The deal represents one of the largest single orders for rail cars by the Southeast Asian country.

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