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Inside Toyota Motor's Indiana plant.

For Japan's automakers, no easy choice on US investment

Washington throwing wrench into global production plans

| Japan

TOKYO -- Pressure from the Donald Trump administration is forcing Japan's automakers to weigh the political benefits of bolstering U.S. production against the financial drawbacks, upending carefully crafted strategies in North America and worldwide.

Toyota Motor will spend $600 million to raise annual production capacity at an assembly plant in the U.S. state of Indiana by 40,000 vehicles, the automaker said in an announcement at the factory Tuesday. This will create 400 new jobs -- an answer to Trump's call for manufacturers to boost employment in the U.S. Now that a leading Japanese car company has complied, compatriots more leery about American investment could face greater pressure to do the same.

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