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Acer Inc. of Taiwan said Friday it expects solid growth in the previously hard-to-crack Japanese market from a new slim, lightweight laptop that boasts an eight-hour battery life and a low price.

Japan has long been dominated by its own big-name electronics makers, and outsiders have had a relatively hard time making headway, even Acer, the world’s third-largest vendor of PCs after Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc.

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