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Executives at Toyota Motor Corp. and one of its subsidiaries were watching on a big screen video footage of factory workers, in tears and with smiles, sending off the last vehicle manufactured at a plant that was closing.

Masahide Yasuda, 71, Toyota Motor Corp.’s audit and supervisory board member, showed the video to Takeshi Shirane, 68, Toyota Motor East Japan president at the time and currently chairman, and other officials at Toyota Motor East Japan Inc.’s Higashi-Fuji plant, about 18 months before the plant shut down.

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