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Detroit Three to skip Tokyo Motor Show for third time

JIJI

The Detroit Three automakers will skip this year’s Tokyo Motor Show for the third consecutive time since the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, the event’s organizer said Monday.

General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC are not on the list of participating companies, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.

“We have eagerly asked them to participate,” an association official said. “Their absence is very regrettable.”

The U.S. automakers skipped the biennial Tokyo show in 2009 and 2011, and have criticized the Japanese auto market for remaining closed. The decision means they are missing an opportunity to promote their products to Japanese drivers at a time when they leveling such criticism, critics said, implying that a desire to buy U.S. vehicles will somehow convince the Japanese government to level the playing field.

This year’s show, scheduled to be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward between Nov. 22 and Dec. 1, will feature 15 domestic and 18 overseas brands.

The association aims to attract more than the 842,600 visitors who attended the 2011 show.