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Japanese automakers, including Toyota, reported strong six-month earnings on Nov. 8, helped by a weaker yen and higher sales in China.

Most Japanese carmakers cruise to higher profit in first half

Strong China sales and weak yen help; Nissan and Subaru hurt by recalls

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TOKYO -- A weak yen and strong sales in China lifted the net profit of five Japanese automakers for the April-September period, while two others, Nissan Motor  and Subaru, saw their profits dented by a safety inspection scandal.

The combined net profit of Japan's seven big automakers rose 21% on the year to 2.02 trillion yen ($17.8 billion) for the six-month period, according to figures released Wednesday.

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