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Tesla could jump-start Japan's solar power industry

Cut-price storage cells big hit, but tariffs continue to hobble market

TOKYO/PALO ALTO, US -- Having already built up a reputation as an emerging disrupter in the global energy industry, Tesla may be about to shake up Japan's stagnant solar power market, which has been hamstrung by an unwieldy tariff system.

The U.S. electric carmaker stole the show at this year's PV Japan, the country's largest photovoltaic technology exhibition, which opened in Yokohama on Wednesday. Visitors flocked to the Tesla booth at the center of the venue, where one of the company's cars was on display surrounded by crowds. 

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