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TOYOTA, MAZDA CUTTING EXPORTS TO U.S. BECAUSE OF WEAK MARKET

Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp., citing poor market conditions, said they would cut car exports to the United States by about 20 percent from a year ago during the current quarter.

The announcement comes amid growing U.S. moves to restrict overall sales of Japanese cars, both those imported from Japan as well as those made by Japanese manufacturers in the United States.Chrysler Corp. as well as some other U.S. makers have been calling for such restrictions in the wake of deteriorating U.S. car market conditions this year.

"When you look at the general U.S. car market and sales conditions, you will see they are pretty bad," said one official at Toyota, Japan's biggest automaker. "The sales of our own cars have been falling, though inventories haven't yet shown any significant increase."