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Japanese car imports to UAE fall 19.5%

Japanese automobile imports into the UAE have dropped 19.5% in the first six months of 2011, as manufacturing activities were halted by Tsunami coupled with appreciating yen, Khaleej Times has reported. Export of passenger cars went down 26.2% to $833.9m from $1.13bn, according to figures from Japan External Trade Organisation. However, imports of small cars segment (1000cc -1500cc) during the period rose 12% to $68m from $60.7m a year earlier.