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The biennial Tokyo Motor Show in December will see 161 participating exhibitors, 52 more companies than last time, when it was bypassed by major overseas automakers, its organizer has said.

Though the motor show has managed to prevent a further decline in exhibitors, which include automakers and parts makers, it faces a test to show its presence as China emerges as the world’s largest auto market.

Among exhibitors registered for this year’s show are 12 domestic automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp., and foreign companies, including German automakers Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG as well as France’s Renault SA, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

U.S. automaker General Motors Co. and Italian sports car maker Ferrari S.p.A will not participate in the event.

A total of 109 companies took part in the previous event in 2009, as many U.S. and European auto firms withdrew their participation amid a deepening industry slump.

This year’s event, which will be held for 10 days from Dec. 2, is shorter by three days compared with the last event, while venue floor space will be increased by about 1.6-fold to 34,919 sq. meters, the association said.

The event will be open to the public from Dec. 3. “We would like to show recovery from the earthquake as well as Japan’s technology and strength of manufacturing,” Toshiyuki Shiga, chairman of the association, told a news conference Tuesday.

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