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The Japanese auto industry hopes the government’s new incentives for green cars will increase overall sales by about 900,000 vehicles in 2012 at a time when exports aren’t likely to grow sharply amid the strong yen and overseas economic slowdown, the head of the industry’s lobby group said.

“We hope the incentives will become a booster similar to the previous ones,” Toshiyuki Shiga, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, told a group of reporters in a recent interview.

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