A vice mayor of the Chinese industrial city of Dongguan urged Japanese manufacturers Friday to expand on its turf and exploit its domestic market to help the city recover from the global economic crisis and fall in exports.

“We are looking for more Japanese manufacturers to build R&D (research and development) centers in our city and create domestic brands, securing distribution routes,” Jiang Ling, vice mayor of Dongguan in Guangdong Province, said at a news conference in a hotel in Minato Ward, Tokyo.

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