An employee walks among vehicles at AutoAlliance Thailand, a Ford and Mazda joint venture plant, located in Rayong province, east of Bangkok, in this September 17, 2013 file picture. Japanese Prime ... more 
An employee walks among vehicles at AutoAlliance Thailand, a Ford and Mazda joint venture plant, located in Rayong province, east of Bangkok, in this September 17, 2013 file picture. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got an early sign of how his blueprint to revive Japan's industrial vim and economic vigour was working when two of his country's biggest car makers unveiled $900 million worth of investments to boost production. There was one drawback: the new assembly plants and expanded factories announced by Mazda Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd are not in Japan, but more than 2,000 miles away, in Thailand. Manufacturing wages in Thailand are a 10th those in Japan, according to HSBC. So while Honda's production in Japan has halved, to 22 percent, in the past 10 years, it has more than tripled in Southeast Asia, to roughly 11 percent of global production, most of it in Thailand, where its latest investment, unveiled in February, is worth $634 million. To match Analysis JAPAN-SEASIA/FDI REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/Files (THAILAND - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) less 
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