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Japan succession crisis could rip links out of auto supply chain

Nearly 1.3m businesses are in danger of folding -- including parts makers

Toyota, which runs this plant, and other automakers rely on myriad smaller parts suppliers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese automakers and major parts manufacturers are dealing with one headache after another.

"The chief of a supplier has grown old and is less motivated, leading to product quality problems," one industry insider lamented. Another complained of a different problem: "A small supplier for a top tier supplier went through a merger with little warning, undermining our efforts to hedge risk by ordering from multiple sources."

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