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Japan quake likely to affect business globally
Japan quake likely to affect business globally

With the scale of the disaster in Japan still being measured, concerns are growing that last week's earthquake and tsunami could lead to a long-term disruption in the world's supply of automobiles, consumer electronics and machine tools. Japan is the world's third-largest economy and a huge exporter of cars, electronic components and industrial equipment as well as steel, textiles and processed foods. In turn, it's a voracious consumer of petroleum, imported agricultural products and luxury consumer goods. Since the earthquake struck last Friday, many of the nation's largest manufacturers, including automaker Toyota Motor Corp. and electronics maker Toshiba...

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