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Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

/ Dec 31, 2013

Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

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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) needs ...

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

Dec 31, 2013

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

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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 ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

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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 on ...

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, dismissing Rob ...

/ Dec 31, 2013

Five Arrows end 2013 on high note

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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. Niigata fell ...

Raanta stellaragain in win

/ Dec 31, 2013

Raanta stellaragain in win

The Chicago Blackhawks lost No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford to a lower-body injury three weeks ago, forcing the Stanley Cup champions to hand the net over to an untested rookie from Finland. The Blackhawks had no idea what they had in Antti Raanta. They hoped ...

/ Dec 31, 2013

Nationals Park set for Winter Classic

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic will likely be held at Nationals Park in Washington, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Since the Capitals were named the hosts of the 2015 marquee outdoor game back in September, speculation over a venue — and ...