Japan’s total auto sales in 1998 will mark a slight 3 percent rise over this year but remain much lower than the 1996 level, according to a forecast by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

At a regular news conference Thursday, JAMA Chairman Yoshifumi Tsuji also commented on the recently endorsed Kyoto Protocol, saying it will not bring about a drastic shift in how the nation addresses global warming.

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