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Kishida visits Toyota plant, pledges dialogue forum with automakers

PM's rare visit sparks political speculation ahead of upper house election

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center, visits a Toyota plant in Toyoda City, Aichi Prefecture, and observes operations with Toyota President Akio Toyoda, left, on June 17. (Pool photo)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he will set up a "new forum for dialogue" with the automotive industry during a visit to a Toyota Motor plant on Friday.

Kishida visited Toyota's Motomachi Plant in Aichi Prefecture. After observing the automobile inspection process, Kishida spoke with company President Akio Toyoda and Toyota employees. Kishida said a forum for dialogue between him, relevant cabinet ministers and top executives of automobile companies would be set up in the fall or later.

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