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he chief executive of Toyota was on familiar ground when he told CES, the world’s largest electronics show in Las Vegas, that “no one wants a crystal ball as much as the automotive industry”. But few people guessed his next step: Akio Toyoda announced that the world’s largest carmaker by market value would, in effect, build its own crystal ball close to Mount Fuji: a 175-acre “smart city” powered by hydrogen fuel cells and designed from the ground up for 2,000 residents.