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Toyota strains to maintain output levels in Japan

US tariffs and technology shifts threaten automaker's production at home

A Toyota plant in Japan building compacts and luxury sedans will close in 2020. The automaker is making hard choices in an effort to maintain domestic production levels.

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor's planned closure of a plant in Japan underscores its predicament as it strives to keep domestic output at 3 million vehicles a year amid headwinds such as looming U.S. auto tariffs and pressure to spend heavily on development.

The Japanese automaker said Friday it will shut down a subsidiary's passenger car plant in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2020 to consolidate much of the factory's operations at the unit's existing facilities in northeastern Japan.

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