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Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

Dec 31, 2013

Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

by Masaaki Kameda

The auto industry must take the initiative to be more competitive until the benefits of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deflation-busting economic policies are fully felt, according to Akio Toyoda, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. “In a word, the industry (as a whole) ...

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

Dec 31, 2013

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

by Rod Mcguirk

Sydney’s iconic opera house and harbor bridge will sparkle with tons of exploding fireworks, while smog concerns have dampened such pyrotechnic displays in at least one polluted Chinese city and Japanese temples will ring 108 times as Asia-Pacific countries become the first to usher ...

Dec 31, 2013

Chinese officials set corpse ablaze in cremation dispute

Officials in a Chinese village dug up and set fire to a man’s corpse after his family ignored their demand that he be cremated rather than buried, state media reported Tuesday. The case is an extreme example of the country’s unevenly enforced funeral policy, ...

Dec 31, 2013

Small improvement for Schumacher after second surgery

by Graham Dunbar

Michael Schumacher underwent surgery for a second time after a brain scan showed small, “surprising” signs of improvement, but grim doctors said Tuesday they could offer no insight into the prognosis for the Formula One champion. Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, suffered critical ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

by Mike Sunda

Although the major spectacle looming on Tokyo’s horizon is undoubtedly the 2020 Olympics, there is one event this year that will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who spends longer on their gym playlist than their workout: The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is set ...

Williams opens season with win

Dec 31, 2013

Williams opens season with win

Serena Williams did a quick little dance behind the baseline to remind herself to move her feet. After a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths. She netted a service return ...

Five NFL coaches get the axe

Dec 31, 2013

Five NFL coaches get the axe

It didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, ...

Dec 31, 2013

Five Arrows end 2013 on high note

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows closed out 2013 with a positive finish: a 63-50 New Year’s Eve triumph over the Niigata Albirex BB. The Five Arrows outscored the visitors 19-3 in the second quarter to take a 28-15 advantage into halftime in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture. ...