General Motors Corporation announced yesterday that it will upgrade its operations in Japan from a branch of General Motors Overseas Corporation to a wholly owned subsidiary of the parent corporation. The announcement was made by Richard Johnson, executive vice president and general manager of GM's Overseas business. He described the change as an indication of GM's growing strength in the Japanese market. GM's sales of its US-built cars in Japan rose 29 percent from 1989 to 1990, and sales of auto components totaled $150 million.

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