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    Report: Toyota nears $40B cash reserve as calls grow for new investment, payouts
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    With the April 15 tax deadline just a few months away, our US readers will be faced with a decision should they get a refund: save or spend? It seems this issue is one many of us face whenever there's a windfall, trying to decide whether we should set the money aside in an account of some sort or ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi hopes to raise $2.5B with stock sale
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    Mitsubishi, which dates all the way back to 1870, is one of the oldest business collectives in Japan. Today, the various businesses that share the Mitsubishi name are largely independent of each other. The automotive unit, however, has fallen on hard times over the past few years. Back in 2004 ...

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    Official: Toyota launches new Noah, Voxy minivans in Japan [w/videos]
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    We know the feeling: you've got what seems like your whole bloodline to transport, and maybe not quite two of every living kind, but a household pet or two. So you're going to need something big to fit them all. Something like a Toyota Sienna ought to do the trick. But if you live on an Asian ...

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    Report: Political brouhaha over war shrine visit could dent Japanese car sales in China
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    A political dispute in 2012 between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea dealt a beating to sales of Japanese cars as Chinese consumers decided to back their government's stance with a boycott. It got so bad that Japanese automakers cut production by up to 50 percent, ...

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    Report: WSJ asks whether Japan's kei cars are a trade barrier
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    We get very excited here at Autoblog when someone brings up a rare car from the Japanese domestic market, even if they are distantly related to cars we can buy in the US, like the Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid our own Sebastian Blanco tested last month. But while we think often about JDM cars, ...

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    Report: Infiniti brand will finally make its debut in Japan, but not the name
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    Nissan left the automotive media scratching its collective head when it announced that its Infiniti luxury brand would be renaming all of its vehicles, with cars wearing the Q designation and CUVs/SUVs wearing the QX badge. So the G Sedan became the Q50, and the G Coupe became the Q60. The QX56, ...

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    Report: New Honda Fit ousts Toyota Prius as Japan's top-selling car last month
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    The Toyota Camry may lose its title as the best-selling car in the US next year and the Honda Civic has already managed to outsell the Toyota Corolla to become the top-selling compact in the US, but it looks like the domination woes have just hit Toyota on its own turf. Bloomberg reports that the ...

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    Official: Subaru rolls out BRZ Premium Sports Edition in Japan [w/poll]
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    The Subaru BRZ is many things: fun, affordable, communicative... but premium is not one of them. Yet that is precisely more of that upscale look and feel Subaru is going for with its new BRZ Premium Sports Edition. Thus far exclusive to the Japanese Domestic Market, the BRZ Premium Sports ...

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    Official: Semi-autonomous Nissan Leaf certified for road use in Japan [w/video]
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    In order to meet its goal of having an autonomous car in production by 2020, Nissan is going to have be able to test its technology in real-world driving conditions. For this, the automaker has just received a license plate to legally test its semi-autonomous driver assist systems in Japan, ...

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    Video: Subaru BRZ tS makes its brief video debut
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    Ever since Subaru released the BRZ, fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the STI version. But despite the recent release of the tS package, the brand faithful will have to wait a little longer, because the tS stops short of the full STI treatment. But at least it looks the ...

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    Motorsports: Suzuka signs on to host Japanese GP through 2018
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    Some F1 races have a permanent home while others bounce around, but some have yoyo'ed between two circuits their entire history. The German Grand Prix, for example, has (with few exceptions) been held either at the Nürburgring or Hockenheim. The British Grand Prix alternated between ...

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    Report: US trade rep trying to open Japan for more auto imports
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    Japan joined Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement talks late in July, so the US is sending Trade Representative Mike Froman to Japan on August 19 to negotiate ways to open up the country's auto import market in ways that will benefit all member countries, Politico reports. The TPP ...

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    Official: Toyota reports huge quarterly profit increase, raises forecast for the year
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    Toyota isn't just the world's largest automaker – so far its the biggest winner for quarterly profits. With an enormous $5.5 billion take during Q2, Toyota took advantage of the weak Japanese yen and strong US demand to record a 94-percent improvement in profit over the same period from ...

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    Video: Low-rider Lamborghinis, motorcycle gangs and Yakuza make Underground Hero a must watch
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    Japan's Yakuza are some of the most dangerous and feared criminals on the planet, known for a disturbing level of commitment and honor. Just do some research on yubitsume to see what we mean. Underground Hero: Love To Hate Me is a video from Luke Huxham, that takes a look inside Yakuza car ...

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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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