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

Toyota courts mom-and-pop investors with long view

| May 8, 2015

Toyota courts mom-and-pop investors with long view

Billionaire investors like Dan Loeb may be heroes on Wall Street, but Toyota Motor Corp. would prefer more people like Hisashi Nakanishi. The 77-year-old Japanese retiree plans to invest in an unusual new stock from the carmaker that hedge funds are unlikely to touch. ...

Toyota backs Prius in next-gen auto wars

Apr 15, 2015

Toyota backs Prius in next-gen auto wars

When Scott Fisher bought his 2006 Prius, there weren’t many other choices that gave him use of the carpool lanes on his drive to work in New York. That changed last year when the Long Island lawyer traded in his car for a Honda ...

Toyota's recovery revives automaker's hometown

Mar 31, 2015

Toyota's recovery revives automaker's hometown

Takako Sugiyama isn’t sure how old her two grandchildren’s school is. She knows this: the building, in the city of Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, was dated when her three kids — now in their 50s — attended. This year, things will finally change. With Toyota ...

Honda warns against 'stupid' loans driving U.S. sales gains

Jan 21, 2015

Honda warns against 'stupid' loans driving U.S. sales gains

A top U.S. executive at Honda Motor Co. said competitors are doing “stupid things” to boost auto sales, including making seven-year-long car loans that harm buyers. Automakers are increasingly selling vehicles with 84-month loans that reduce monthly payments while making it tougher to repay ...

Air bag maker in crisis used unique chemical explosive

Oct 27, 2014

Air bag maker in crisis used unique chemical explosive

The emerging crisis over air bags traces back to a little-known Tokyo company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Air bags made by Takata Corp. are linked ...

| Sep 3, 2014

Nissan's defections continue to mount

Nissan Motor Co.’s loss of its second executive since July is fueling concern that the pool of talent surrounding Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn is drying up. Tuesday’s disclosure that Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer will quit to lead Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. came ...

Toyota's hydrogen car may come with ¥3 million rebate

Jul 25, 2014

Toyota's hydrogen car may come with ¥3 million rebate

Japan is raising the bar for subsidizing zero-emission cars as incentives may exceed ¥3 million a vehicle for Toyota Motor Corp.’s first hydrogen-powered sedan. Rebates from the central and prefectural governments may top a combined ¥3 million per car. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said ...

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 ...