Tokyo, Japan – Nearly half of all Japanese households own mini-vehicles, according to a report by the Green Car Congress, defined as a vehicle with a length under 3.4 metres and a displacement of less than 0.66 litres.

Citing the Japan Mini Vehicles Association, the report said that the total number of mini-vehicles on the road in Japan grew 2.8 per cent to about 26.17 million in the year ended March 31, 2009. The number of households rose just over one percent in the same period.

Mini-vehicles are especially popular in rural areas, with more than 90 mini-vehicles owned by every 100 households in six prefectures.

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