Mergers: Japanese Fever

Japan's two biggest steelmakers — Yawata Iron & Steel and Fuji Iron & Steel — are in the process of merging into a colossus that will produce some 22.3 million tons of steel a year and rank second in the world only to U.S. Steel (30.9 million tons). The automaking di vision of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is being combined with the truck-making Isuzu Motors to form Japan's third largest automaker, after Toyota Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. Other mergers are afoot in petrochemicals, electric equipment, heavy machinery, banking and shipbuilding.

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