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Electric Vehicles, AI Self-Driving Tech Shown to Media at Tokyo Motor Show (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)—The 45th Tokyo Motor Show kicked off a two-day media preview on Wednesday, with automakers showcasing prototypes of their evolving electric vehicles and cars with advanced driver assistance safety technologies utilizing artificial intelligence. The biennial motor show, which will be open to the public from Saturday through Nov. 5 at Tokyo Big Sight, is joined by 153 …

A New Look for Tokyo’s Taxis (Japan in Photos)

Toyota Motor unveiled the Japan Taxi, its first new taxi in 22 years at an event in Tokyo on October 23, 2017. The five-seater cab sports a traditional deep indigo exterior, a large sliding door, and wheelchair accessibility. Toyota, the leading firm in the domestic taxi market with a 90% share, plans to replace a third of the capital’s fleet with the new model by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and P…

Toyota Launches New GR Sports Car Brand (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)—Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday launched the new GR sports car brand, under which the company will sell vehicles developed using know-how gained through its involvement in motor racing. For the next 100 years, Toyota will do things that demonstrate that "cars are fun," President Akio Toyoda told a GR brand launch event in Tokyo, apparently bearing in mind talk that th…

Trump Frustrated with US Trade Deficits with Japan, Others (News)

New York, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—US President-elect Donald Trump expressed his discontent with his country's trade deficits with Japan and other countries, during his first press conference since the November 8 presidential election, held in New York on Wednesday. "We have hundreds of billions of dollars of losses on a yearly basis, hundreds of billions with China on trade and trade imbalance, wi…

Toyota to Invest $10 Billion in US over Five Years (News)

Detroit, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)—Toyota Motor Corp. will invest 10 billion dollars in the United States over the next five years, President Toyoda Akio said Monday. "We will be investing another 10 billion here...in just the next five years alone" after spending 22 billion dollars over the past 60 years, Toyoda said during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opened Monday. …

Trump Raps Toyota’s Plan to Build Factory in Mexico (News)

Washington, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)—Incoming US President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized a plan by leading Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. to build a new factory in Mexico. "Toyota Motor said will build a new plant" in Baja California, Mexico, to make Corolla cars for exports to the United States, Trump said on his Twitter account. "No Way!," he said, adding, "Build plant in U.S. or p…

Toyota Corolla Celebrates Its Fiftieth BirthdayIkehara Teruo

Now in its fiftieth year of production, the Toyota Corolla has come to symbolize the distinguishing features of Japanese automobiles: affordable, fun to drive, reliable, and durable.

Imagining the Future of Driving at the Tokyo Motor Show

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show opened on October 29 with 160 companies presenting their competing visions of the future of automobiles. Of the 400 vehicles on display, around a fifth were world premieres.

Timeline for August 2015

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II with his formal statement, the first nuclear plant restarts since all plants shut down nearly two years ago, and the largest demonstration to date against new security legislation takes place outside the National Diet in Tokyo. These are the top Japanese news stories for August 2015.

Timeline for June 2015

A passenger commits suicide by setting himself on fire on the Shinkansen, the Japan Pension Service suffers a massive data leak, and Japan and South Korea mark 50 years since the normalization of diplomatic relations. These are the main news stories for Japan in June 2015.

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