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An emergency bailout by the U.S. government of the ailing Big Three automakers is “necessary” in light of their importance to the U.S. economy, a core market for Japanese cars, according to the head of Japan’s automakers association.

But Satoshi Aoki, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, added that the industry body wants the Big Three — General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Ford Motor Co. — to recover through not only a bailout but also “customer-focused” business efforts.

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