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Mazda Motor Corp. shut one of its three car plants in Hiroshima Prefecture on Friday, with some 500 employees and managers attending a farewell ceremony. Mazda said it plans to move the factory’s 450 workers to an automobile plant in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, by mid-October.

The closed Ujina No. 2 factory had been making the popular Familia sedan at a rate of 136,000 units per year. Familia production will move to the Hofu factory and the Ujina No. 1 plant.

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