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For Craig Trudell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Coup fallout: Sony joins Panasonic in avoiding travel to Thailand

May 27, 2014

Coup fallout: Sony joins Panasonic in avoiding travel to Thailand

Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are among companies advising workers against traveling to Thailand, as evidence mounts that political turmoil in the country is undermining business activity there. European hotel operator Accor SA has seen its hotel business in Bangkok plunge about 30 percent ...

Scrutiny ushers in era of big recalls

Apr 10, 2014

Scrutiny ushers in era of big recalls

Recall first, ask questions later. After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. — two of the world’s largest carmakers — were criticized for dragging their feet on recalls of defective models in recent years, automakers have begun gearing up their responses to safety ...

'Gods' edging out robots at Toyota facility

Apr 7, 2014

'Gods' edging out robots at Toyota facility

Inside Toyota Motor Corp.’s oldest plant, there’s a corner where humans have taken over from robots in thwacking glowing lumps of metal into crankshafts. This is Mitsuru Kawai’s vision of the future. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to ...

Camry loses Consumer Reports nod

Oct 29, 2013

Camry loses Consumer Reports nod

Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation for Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry sedan and said post-bankruptcy General Motors Co. is among the automakers cracking Japanese brands’ dominance in fielding reliable cars. Consumer Reports isn’t recommending any version of the Camry, the top-selling U.S. car the past ...

Prius to get boost from new battery upgrades

Aug 29, 2013

Prius to get boost from new battery upgrades

Toyota Motor Corp., whose Prius dominates the market for hybrid vehicles, said its next generation of batteries will be more efficient and improve mileage. Toyota’s future hybrids will have batteries with higher energy density and power, Satoshi Ogiso, chief engineer for the Prius line, ...