Pence Praises Toyota, Says Economic Ties With Japan Can Improve

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TOKYO-Vice President Mike Pence praised investment by Toyota Motor Corp. and other Japanese companies in the U.S. while avoiding criticism of Tokyo’s trade practices, drawing a relieved welcome from business leaders here.

“It went well,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda after meeting Mr. Pence in a small group and hearing the vice president’s speech to businesspeople at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday.

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