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    Official: Toyota celebrates 30th anniversary of Land Cruiser 70 with Japan rerelease [w/videos]
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    It's a common refrain among auto enthusiasts to bemoan the current models being sold for being overly complex and expensive and to wish that automakers would just make vehicles like the old days. Sure, they might not have been as safe or efficient, but there was often a certain rugged simplicity ...

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    Official: Subaru WRX S4 gets big power bump in Japan
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    A month after originally teasing it, Subaru is finally unveiling its WRX S4 model for Japan. It's a bit more than just a plush take on the sport sedan, because Subaru is fitting a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine than we get on these shores. The ...

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    Official: Lexus NX begins production in Japan [w/videos]
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    Lexus entered new territory this past April when it revealed the new NX compact luxury crossover at the Beijing Motor Show, but it wasn't until now that the Toyota luxury division actually started building them. The first production examples started rolling off the assembly line last week at the ...

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    Report: US aerospace contractors descend on Japan following drone investment
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    With news that Japan was increasing its spending on drone surveillance, American defense manufacturers have apparently sensed blood in the water and swooped in on the island nation hoping to cash in. Stripes reports that Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin held a joint press conference late ...

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    Read This: In Japan, wearing the wrong shoes can end a driver's license test
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    It's so easy to make fun of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the United States. Whenever folks return from renewing a license or getting new plates, everybody has a joke making fun of the long lines, prolonged waits or bored employees. But it looks like we in the US have it easy compared to ...

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    Read This: Inside Japan's controversial push to become a drone superpower
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    Japan is surging ahead with plans to seriously increase its drone fleet in the face of its ongoing territorial disputes with China and a typically difficult North Korea. The country, which until recently had an exceptionally restrictive section of its constitution that limited any belligerence, ...

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    Teased: Subaru teasing new WRX S4 model ahead of Japanese debut
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    The Subaru WRX range is growing just a little bit larger, at least in Japan, with the automaker's teasing announcement of a new version called the S4. Unfortunately, the company is keeping details about its latest all-wheel drive sport sedan a closely guarded secret for the moment. From what we ...

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    Official: Nissan Note getting a little louder with Nismo versions this fall
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    Nissan's Nismo performance division has been getting more chances to shine recently with tuned models like the Juke Nismo RS and GT-R Nismo. But its latest creation moves closer to the bottom of the Japanese brand's lineup to make a hot hatch out of the (Versa) Note. At least in Japan, the new ...

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    Video: Father-son team grows close by building tuned Porsche
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    We've seen several heartwarming videos of kids bonding over cars with their parents, whether racing together or giving them as gifts. The story of Leh Keen and his father McGrath, though, is somewhat different. Not many dads are looking for a vehicle quite this mental. As Leh tells it, his dad ...

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    Video: Meet the Kanjozoku, Osaka's infamous street racers
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    Street racing is obviously illegal and incredibly dangerous, but that has never stopped people from doing it. While we don't hear nearly as much about the scourge of Japanese tuner cars as when The Fast and the Furious first hit theaters over a decade ago, illegal street racing is still bubbling ...

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    Report: Fukushima radiation still showing up in some Japanese cars
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    In the wake of the 2011 tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, there was a fear that radioactive cars and trucks could be bound for export. Within days of the tragedy, Nissan was already testing its vehicles' radiation levels (pictured above), and ...

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    Report: Nissan's Ghosn highest paid exec in Japan again, at $10M per year
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    Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is on track to be the highest-paid executive in Japan for the fourth time in five years. Ghosn's salary and bonuses last year rang the register to the tune of $9.8 million (995 million yen), and when stock dividends are added to the equation, the exec's total pay crested a ...

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    Report: Asian automakers still reluctant to use more aluminum
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    There's a logical progression of technology in the auto industry. We've seen it with things like carbon-ceramic brakes, which use to be the sole domain of six-figure sports cars, where they often cost as much as an entry level Toyota Corolla. Now, you can get them on a BMW M3 (they're still ...

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    Report: Why Japan's government is looking to curb its adorable kei car market
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    Each region around the world has its stereotypical vehicle. The US has the pickup and Europe the five-door hatchback; but in Japan, the kei car reigns supreme. These tiny cars are limited to just 660cc of displacement but they've also come with lower taxes to make them more affordable. To make of ...

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    Official: Honda Super Cub first vehicle to receive 3D trademark in Japan
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    The term "iconic" gets thrown around a lot, but if there was ever a design worthy of the honorific, surely it's the Honda Super Cub. That's not just our opinion, though: it's the official word from the Japanese Patent Office, which has recognized the classic scooter's shape with a ...

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    Official: Kobayashi designs special edition Caterham Seven for Japanese market
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    News recently broke that Caterham is soliciting new investment to carry on with its ambitions plans. However, that's not keeping the sports car builder from moving forward with new projects. Case in point is its latest creation: the limited edition Seven 250R Kamui Special Edition in honor of its ...

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    Video: Mario Bros. enlisted to sell Mercedes GLA in Japan with bizarre results
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    There is always something a little grotesque when traditionally animated characters are brought into the real world. For example, something about seeing Mickey walk around Disney World just doesn't look quite right, and Nintendo is proving the rule with its latest cross promotion involving Mario ...

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    Report: Half of Chinese car buyers won't shop Japanese over hard feelings
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    The hard feelings between China and Japan is no real secret. Besides modern-day disputes, the two countries have had a long-running enmity that dates back to well before the atrocities of World War II. All things considered, then, it shouldn't be a shock that half of Chinese car buyers wouldn't ...

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    Report: Foreign car sales on the rise in Japan
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    Historically, the Japanese auto market has been a tough nut to crack for foreign automakers. The country's buyers have a reputation of preferring driving vehicles from domestic companies. However, the last fiscal year that ended in March indicated that things don't have to be so insular. As ...

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    Report: Toyota raises Japanese base wages for first time since 2008
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    Toyota is on track for record profits, and in return, its Japanese workers are receiving their first increase in base wages since 2008, plus higher pay based on seniority and a larger bonus for 2014. The Japanese automaker predicts the average laborer will net a 2.9 percent income gain. The ...

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