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Business lobby seeks greater voice dealing with Trump's US

Japan's Keidanren strives to keep Toyota in fold with vice chair picks

Keidanren chair Sadayuki Sakakibara

TOKYO -- The Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, has chosen a Toyota Motor director as a new vice chair in an effort to keep the auto titan involved in Japan's top business lobby in the face of uncertainties brought about by Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.

Toyota Motor director Shigeru Hayakawa

Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara made the announcement Monday. In addition to Toyota's Shigeru Hayakawa, he also named as vice chairs: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal President Kosei Shindo; Taisei Chairman Takashi Yamauchi; and Mitsubishi Electric Chairman Kenichiro Yamanishi. They and 14 other vice chairs will work closely with Sakakibara, whose term ends in June 2018.

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