The buzz from the upcoming Toyko Motor Show sits in contrast to the sluggish demand in Japan,...

|By:, SA News Editor

The buzz from the upcoming Toyko Motor Show sits in contrast to the sluggish demand in Japan, where domestic auto sales have dropped in 8 of the last 10 years. A shrinking population and the propensity of owners to own cars longer contribute to the steady decline, while owners also face impediments such as taxes and bureaucracy that sap their energy for new rides. Getting hit in the jaw are Toyota (TM) with 20% of its revenue tied to sales to Japan and Honda (HMC) with its 17% reliance.