www.just-auto.com -- The Japanese auto industry has been ravaged by the recession that has hit Asia in recent years. Total new vehicle demand in Japan declined 24% over the course of the 1990s, from 7.8 million units in 1990 to just 5.9 million in 1999. Japanese auto companies have seen domestic and export sales crash, with dire consequences for their financial status. But research carried on just-auto.com suggests that the next few years will see a recovery to Japanese domestic vehicle sales and overall production volumes.