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Ford says it will be pulling out of the Indonesian and Japanese markets this year, stating that it saw “no reasonable path to profitability” in both countries, where the brand has long struggled to gain any significant purchase.

According to Reuters, the news of the exit came in the form of an email from Asia Pacific president Dave Schoch to all employees in the region, which the news agency said it viewed. In both countries, the moving out will be complete – it will close not just its offices but all dealerships as well, and stop the sales and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Another news report states that the brand will make its exit from both markets before the end of 2016, but will honour its commitment to existing customers with regards to vehicle servicing, parts replacements and warranty claims.

Ford entered the Indonesian market in 2002, and sells its vehicles through 44 franchised dealerships. In 2015, the brand shifted just 6,000 vehicles, which was 0.6% of the total new car market in the country, which is struggling from an economic slowdown. It currently employs 35 staff in the republic.

“In Indonesia, without local manufacturing, there’s just really no way that automakers can compete in that market, and we do not have local manufacturing,” a Shanghai-based Ford spokeswoman told Reuters.

Its withdrawal from Indonesia follows in the footsteps of General Motors, which closed its manufacturing facility in the country last June. The decision to shut its Bekasi, Indonesia plant resulted in terminating about 500 jobs in the process, but GM at least continues to maintain a presence in the market, as a national sales company.

As for Japan, the Blue Oval began operations there in 1974, and presently has 52 dealerships in the country and a staff count of 292. The company has had a tough time selling its Fiestas, Mustangs and Explorers in the market, and only managed to shift around 5,000 vehicles last year, which was about 1.5% of the imported new car market volume. Ford said that product development carried out in Japan will be shifted elsewhere.

“Japan is the most closed, developed auto economy in the world, with all imported brands accounting for less than 6% of Japan’s annual new car market,” Ford spokesman Neal McCarthy told CNBC in an email. He added that the advent of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in its current form will not improve the brand’s ability to compete in Japan.