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Economy

Japan machinery makers look beyond China for growth engine

Focus shifts to electric cars and mining equipment

Komatsu has seen a decline in construction machinery use in China.

TOKYO -- Japan's machinery industry is searching for its next growth engine as China's buying spree seems to be winding down.

Robust demand in China has long kept business humming for Japanese manufacturers of construction machinery, machine tools and industrial robots. But the business environment increasingly looks murky amid the trade spat between Beijing and Washington.

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