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Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

Business / Corporate 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) needs ...

Business / Corporate 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) needs ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Music 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 ...

Editorials Dec 31, 2013

A year to become politically active

In 2014 the Japanese people risk having their rights to freedoms of the press, thought expression curtailed as a result of the state secrets protection bill that the Abe administration rushed through the Diet in December.

Commentary / World Dec 31, 2013

A terrible year for Syria and Egypt

by Ramzy Baroud

Even with the most optimistic assessments, the Syrian conflict is unlikely to be settled in 2014. As for Egypt, nearly 20,000 people have been sentenced or are now facing trials for belonging to or supporting the "wrong" political camp.

Commentary / World Dec 31, 2013

2013, a year of angry elites

by Jackson Diehl

The crowds who called for revolution in Cairo, Istanbul, Bangkok and Kiev in 2013 were not the impoverished losers of globalization. They were mostly the economic winners: middle-class, educated, English-speaking. So why were they rebelling?

Basketball / BJ-League 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. Niigata fell ...

More Sports / Ice Hockey 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 ...