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    Report: Japanese government chides Mitsubishi over recall delays
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    An official with the transport ministry in Japan has some stern words for Mitsubishi, taking the carmaker to task for not being more proactive and honest about its recalls. An investigation into The Tri-Star last December found Mitsubishi was tardy investigating problems and didn't explain itself ...

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    Official: Mercedes G550 Night Edition is just for Japan
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    The Mercedes-Benz G550 Night Edition is the latest to join the queue of limited-edition vehicles lined up for some yen. Following closely on the wheels of the Japan-only C63 AMG Special Edition, the all-Nippon version of the G-Class is limited to 100 units and will only be shown at the ...

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    Report: US, Japan trade talks could see scrapping of car and truck tariffs
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    Trade issues between the United States and Japan, especially in the automotive sector, have struck a repetitive note for decades: our market is open to them, their market is effectively closed to us. Even though Japan doesn't apply tariffs to cars we export there – whereas we tax Japanese ...

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    Report: Mazda's first profit in five years in sight due to weak yen
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    Automotive News reports Mazda is set to turn a profit for the first time in five years. The automaker is more dependent on exports from Japan than other automakers based in that country, and as a result, it has long suffered at the hands of a strong yen. But the currency has declined in value by ...

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    Report: 'World's Most Expensive Car Crash' results in 10 charged [w/video]
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    Justice is slowly being served to those drivers who were involved in a 10-car pile up in Japan last year that saw eight Ferrari models, one Lamborghini and three Mercedes-Benz vehicles hauled off for scrap. As you may recall, the lead driver lost control of his machine, pin balling into those ...

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    Video: Watch Japanese postal workers celebrate the new year in style
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    It would seem mail gets to its destination a little differently in Japan. While the US Postal Service relies on the world's largest fleet of trucks, Japan gets its letters to doorsteps all over the country via an endearing fleet of scooters. Each year, postal workers in Hakata celebrate the new ...

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    Official: Subaru readies BRZ RA Racing for Japanese trackdays
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    As if we needed any more reasons to take a Subaru BRZ to the track, Subaru has just announced that it will be producing a racing-spec version of the car straight from the assembly line. The only problem is that the BRZ RA Racing is being offered for the Japanese domestic market only, and won't be ...

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    Official: Nissan gives history lesson on how the Skyline legend was born
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    The only reason we have the Nissan GT-R is because of the exploits of all those GT-Rs we didn't get, and it started with the first one, a model at the time called the Skyline GT, at the 1964 Grand Prix at Suzuka. It was there that modified Prince Motor Company Skyline sedans, only just ...

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    Report: Mazda CX-5 named Japan's Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins "Special Award"
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    The Mazda CX-5 stamped its Kodo design and SkyActiv technology authority all over the Japan Car of the Year awards, taking the top prize ahead of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86. It is Mazda's second victory in the last ten years, the 2005 MX-5 claiming the same trophy, and the fourth time the ...

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    Report: Tunnel collapses in Japan, seven missing [UPDATE: w/video]
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    The Associated Press reports a tunnel collapse between Tokyo and central Japan has left seven people missing. Rescue workers were unable to reach trapped and injured drivers on Sunday after a vehicle caught fire and filled the tunnel with smoke. Those who escaped reported hearing the voices of ...

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    Report: This is the much better looking Lexus HS 250h that we won't get
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    The Lexus HS 250h was put to rest in the US at the beginning of this year, but it is apparently being offered a way back onto the mortal coil in the Japanese market. This is reputedly a picture of what the JDM-spec entry-level Lexus hybrid sedan will look like, and what a difference 11 months ...

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    Report: Japanese automakers ramping production for renewed American sales
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    The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan took quite the toll on the automotive industry in that nation. Not content to lean on that tragedy as excuse for slagging sales, the Japanese automakers are planning on a major production expansion in North America. The aim is to reclaim the ...

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    Video: Watch Mercedes-Benz's new A-Class in an anime adventure
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    What do you do with a new success? Work it. The still-warm A-Class is already the most successful launch in Mercedes-Benz history, yet the German brand is still coming up with new ways to show it off to more people. The latest example comes from Mercedes' Japanese outpost, which has created an ...

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    Report: Honda cuts year-end forecasts, looking to rebound in China
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    Automotive News reports Honda has slashed its net profit forecast by 20 percent following poor sales in China. Like other Japanese manufacturers, Honda sales suffered at the hands of anti-Japanese sentiment in China following a territorial dispute between the two nations. All told, Honda sales ...

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    Official: Harley-Davidson Museum opens tsunami motorcycle exhibit
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    Ikuo Yokoyama was just one man among hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, but his name will likely resonate with motorcycle enthusiasts for some time. Yokoyama's 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train was ...

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    Report: VW Up! says "What closed market?" by recording 3,000 Japanese orders in 3 weeks
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    The initial prognosis for the Volkswagen Up! in Japan is going the same direction as the name of the car: three weeks after launch, 3,000 orders have been placed in Nippon. That beats Ford's sales total for the entire year and is almost a month's worth of BMW imports. Posting those numbers, ...

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    Report: Toyota, Nissan, Honda to assist in $2.55B bailout of chipmaker Renesas with Japanese gov.
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    According to a Reuters report, the Japanese government and several of the country's largest manufacturers are joining forces to rescue troubled electronics manufacturer Renesas Electronics. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Panasonic, Canon and Denso are set to contribute a combined $637.9 million to a ...

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    Report: Chinese auto sales take unexpected September slide amidst anti-Japan sentiment
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    Vehicle sales in China took a sizable dip for the first time in eight months, due largely to the fact that buyers in the country are turning away from Japanese brands. Automotive News China reports wholesale deliveries fell by .3 percent last month, while Toyota and Nissan saw sales figures fall ...

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    Report: Japanese companies to cut car production in China by 50%
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    Automotive News reports Japanese manufacturers are set to cut production in China by half. Toyota, Nissan and Honda have seen sales fall off by steep margins in the People's Republic after a territorial dispute between Japan and China resulted in anti-Japanese protests. Sales of Japanese goods ...

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    Motorsports: 2012 Japanese Grand Prix sees some drivers make their points, one makes a huge 25 [spoilers]
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    Even though the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix wasn't an especially exciting race, it involved "destiny" and resurrection, chanting, and a "nutcase" as some drivers tried to make their impression on the Formula 1 World Championship standings this year, while other tried to make cases for retention to ...

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