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Apr 12, 2013

Fans queue at midnight for new novel by Japan’s Murakami

TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 100 people lined up for the midnight opening of a Tokyo bookstore, eager to get their hands on the latest Haruki Murakami novel, the first by the global bestselling author and Nobel prize favorite in three years.

“Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” has a 500,000 print run to assuage the appetite of fans kept in the dark about the book’s subject and storyline.

Apr 11, 2013

Japan carmakers recall 3.4 million vehicles for Takata airbag flaw

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Four Japanese automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co, are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because airbags supplied by Takata Corp are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.

The move announced on Thursday is the largest recall ever for airbags made by Takata, the world’s second-largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Shares of Takata, which first learned of the issue in October 2011, tumbled almost 10 percent in Tokyo trading.

Apr 11, 2013

Toyota, three other Japan carmakers to recall 3.4 mln vehicles over airbag

TOKYO, April 11 (Reuters) – Four Japanese automakers
including Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co
are recalling a total of around 3.4 million vehicles worldwide
due to defective airbags supplied by Takata Corp, the
companies said.

Takata has also supplied the faulty airbags to foreign
carmakers, said Toyohiro Hishikawa, spokesman for the
Tokyo-listed components maker, declining to identify them. The
firm’s shares tumbled almost 10 percent on Thursday.

Apr 2, 2013

ANA to put pilots through Dreamliner resumption training: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – All Nippon Airways, the biggest customer for Boeing Co’s grounded 787 Dreamliner, will put its pilots through training to resume flights in June, sources told Reuters, after Boeing completed more than half of its tests to get its new battery system certified.

The Japanese carrier, known as ANA, is also likely to use the Dreamliner initially for cargo flights once the new battery system is installed, to reassure the public about safety before restarting passenger flights, one of the sources said.

Apr 1, 2013

Japan’s mini-car sales jump to record high

TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) – Sales in Japan of 660 cc
passenger mini-cars jumped to a record high in the last
financial year, signalling structural change in a market where
family size is shrinking and buyers are shifting to smaller

Buyers and owners pay less tax for mini-vehicles, a category
known as “kei” in Japan for cars that follow certain size and
other criteria, than for bigger vehicles.

Mar 27, 2013

Toyota to sell vehicles using common parts in 2015

TOYOTA, Japan, March 27 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp
will start selling vehicles in 2015 under its new plan
to ramp up the use of shared parts as it catches up with rival
Volkswagen, which pioneered the strategy.

Initially, vehicles using the same platform and developed
under Toyota’s new strategy will share 20-30 percent of the
parts in the platform, a ratio Toyota wants to expand to 70-80

Mar 13, 2013

Japan Inc to pay bigger bonuses, cautious on higher base wages

TOKYO, March 13 (Reuters) – Japanese exporters will hand out
bigger bonuses for the next fiscal year as Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe’s policies drive the yen to multi-year lows, with Toyota
Motor Corp declaring its largest bonus payout since the global
financial crisis.

However, major companies including Toyota and
Panasonic Corp kept base salaries unchanged in the year
ending March 2014.

Mar 5, 2013

Toyota readies executive reshuffle, aims for rapid response culture

TOKYO, March 5 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp will
reshuffle its top executives as soon as this week, people
familiar with the plan say, as President Akio Toyoda tries to
dismantle a regimented decisionmaking hierarchy at the world’s
top-selling automaker.

Toyoda, who took the top job at the firm in 2009, has
slashed the number of board directors and given more power to
executives in key markets outside Japan as part of his effort to
refocus the company on quality and manufacturing flexibility
after a series of crises.

Feb 27, 2013

In Japan, idled Dreamliner pilots lose pay, but want plane to be safe

TOKYO (Reuters) – Their smart uniforms are mothballed, their income has fallen and some are getting under their wives’ feet at home.

The grounding of Boeing Co’s global fleet of 787 Dreamliner passenger jets due to undiagnosed battery problems is taking its toll on the hundreds of pilots specially trained to fly the high-tech, fuel efficient plane.

Feb 8, 2013

Nissan outlook defies optimism among Japan carmakers

TOKYO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co bucked the
optimistic trend among Japanese carmakers reporting quarterly
earnings, leaving its annual profit forecast unchanged as
sluggish sales weighed on its bottom line while others got a
boost from a weakening yen.

The cheaper yen is improving the competitiveness of cars
made by Nissan, Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co Ltd
and other Japanese brands when exported to key markets
such as the United States, and adding to pressure on their South
Korean rivals.

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