Toyota a Japanese brand, but also a U.S. manufacturer: president

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Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation, introduces the 2018 Camry XLE during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> President Akio Toyoda said on Thursday that his company was increasing its U.S. production, and that it may be a Japanese brand but was also a U.S. manufacturer.

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Toyoda's comment comes as global automakers face pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has demanded that more cars sold in the United States be made locally to increase jobs and shrink the U.S. trade deficit.

(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Writing by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)