• The Washington Post


Kiyohito Okuda is a businessman and an optimist, and so he has found at least one redeeming angle to Japan’s slow-motion economic decline: Never has the pain felt too acute to bear.

After years of shrinking sales and curtailed ambitions, he can still handle a little more bad news. When Toyota Motor Corp. recently urged its suppliers — Okuda’s auto parts manufacturing company among them — to cut prices 3 percent, Okuda said OK.

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