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Total domestic output by Japanese automakers in 2021 fell to its lowest level in 45 years, dropping 2.7% from a year earlier to 7.85 million vehicles, amid a supply shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, industry data showed Monday.

According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, total output in Japan decreased for the third straight year. The prolonged global semiconductor crunch could continue to hit the auto industry this year.

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