TOKYO - Japanese vehicle exports rose 12.7 percent to 371,649 units in November compared with a year earlier, despite the economic crisis in the Far East.
Shipments to Asia, mainly to the weakening economies of Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, plunged 71 percent from a year earlier. Thailand was worst: it imported just 969 vehicles from Japan - down from 12,494 in November 1996.
Rising exports to other regions wiped out the falls in Asia.
Exports to the EU rose 23.7 percent, while South America soared by 154.2 percent. Car and truck exports to the USA were up only 0.2 percent.
Japanese carmakers have concentrated on exports to compensate for a weak home market. November marked the 10th straight month of rising exports. November sales in Japan fell 20.4 percent.