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Toyota sales in Asia exceed those in Japan

Automobile sales by Toyota Motor Corp. in Asia over the past year have outnumbered those in the Japanese market for the first time, due mainly to a steep sales increase in China, according to industry sources.

Toyota sold around 1.35 million vehicles in Asia in the first 11 months of 2009, up 4.5 percent from a year earlier, compared with 1.26 million in Japan.