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Sales of new foreign vehicles in Japan rose 1.7 percent to 303,920 units in fiscal 2017, accounting for a record-high 9.1 percent of the country’s new-car sales excluding minicars, an industry body said Thursday.

While sales of foreign vehicles have been solid in the past few years, the fall in Japan’s new-car sales last fiscal year — due to inspection scandals at major domestic automakers — helped push the ratio up, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said.

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