Tag: Japan

Rare Rides: The 1967 Hino Contessa 1300S, Rear-engine Blip on the Radar

<img data-attachment-id="1749042" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2021/01/rare-rides-the-1967-hino-contessa-1300s-rear-engine-blip-on-the-radar/hino-contessa-1964-brochure-1/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,520" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1" data-image-description=" hino ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-450×229.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-610×310.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1749042 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-610×310.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”310″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-610×310.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-75×38.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-450×229.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-768×390.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1-120×61.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hino-Contessa-1964-Brochure-1.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Hino is a well-known producer of commercial vehicles today and has been in the commercial truck market since World War […]

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Hopes for Tokyo’s Summer Olympics Darken

Plans for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games are growing more uncertain by the day. As coronavirus cases rise throughout Japan and in several large countries in Europe and the Americas, officials both in Tokyo and with the International Olympic Committee have begun to acknowledge that holding a safe Games might not be possible, endangering dreams […]

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QOTD: Hybrid Versus Conventional Drivetrains

Which drivetrain would you prefer: The hybrid two-motor setup that Toyota has paired with their 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder that puts out 245 horsepower or Kia’s conventional V6 that produces 294 HP? These are the drivetrains you’ll find in the new 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan, or the upcoming 2022 Kia Carnival, which won’t be out until […]

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Japanese Boxer Faces Penalty for Baring Tattoos in the Ring

Japanese boxer Kazuto Ioka breaks the rules and fights with his tattoos showing.  Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP Over his 11 years’ boxing career, flyweight world champion Kazuto Ioka has had a fair share of battles. But the 31-year-old Japanese boxer may be fighting his most tenacious opponent yet—Japan’s 400-year taboo against tattoos. Ioka is bracing […]

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Millipede Swarms Once Stopped Japanese Trains in Their Tracks

Early in the 20th century, a train line opened for service in mountains west of Tokyo. But in 1920, train crews found themselves stopping traffic for an unusual reason. The train tracks, which ran through thick forest, were overwhelmed by swarms of millipedes, each arthropod as white as a ghost. The creatures, which are not […]

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Nissan, Honda Forced To Slow Production Due To A Global Shortage Of Semiconductors

Nissan said it will cut down production of the Note this month as a response to a shortage of semiconductors, following Honda’s announcement that its output in Japan will also be affected. The global shortage of semiconductors is, according to Reuters, caused by consumer demand bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic, causing manufacturing delays for […]

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South Korean Court Orders Japan to Compensate Wartime Sex Slaves

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay $91,800 each to 12 Korean women kept as sex slaves for Japan’s troops during World War II. The ruling, which is the first of its kind in South Korea, is likely to aggravate the already chilly relations between Washington’s […]

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Japan Declares State of Emergency in Tokyo as Covid Cases Rise

TOKYO — After days of record coronavirus counts and a rapidly rising death toll, Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures on Thursday, the country’s first such declaration since April. The announcement by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came five days after governors from the affected prefectures had pleaded with the […]

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Japan to Declare State of Emergency in Tokyo Area After Days of Hesitation

TOKYO — After days of record coronavirus counts and a rapidly rising death toll, Japan said it would declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures on Thursday, the country’s first such declaration since April. The announcement came five days after governors from the affected prefectures had pleaded with the central government […]

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GM to Build EV Crossovers for Honda, Acura

Two Honda battery-electric crossovers will be built by General Motors in the next four years. A Honda will be built at a GM plant in Mexico, and an Acura alongside the Cadillac Lyriq in Tennessee. In an Automotive News report, it was noted that in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where GM builds the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox, the […]

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‘I Will Get Up’: A Hard New Year Greets a World in Waiting

“We’re adrift,” said Luis Miguel Melche, 42, a Mexico City-based production manager for rock and pop groups. Mexico City, a global capital for food, literature and the arts, has gone quiet. “It’s totally dead,” he said. Covid-19 Vaccines › Answers to Your Vaccine Questions With distribution of a coronavirus vaccine beginning in the U.S., here […]

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Disruption of Seaborne Trade in South East Asia: A Quantitative Analysis

By Kerem Cosar, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia and Benjamin Thomas, Consultant, Washington DC. Originally published at VoxEU. Open oceans are vital for the transport of a large share of world trade. But they are also frequently at the centre of geopolitical tensions between nation states. This column estimates the economic costs of impeded […]

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Carlos Ghosn to be Flambéd by the French

Carlos Ghosn, Renault-Nissan’s former head honcho, will be questioned by investigators in Beirut next month, according to a report from Reuters that appeared in Autoblog. This time it’s not the Japanese applying the pressure, it’s the French. In a saga that captivated an audience worldwide, the former auto executive, a Lebanese, Brazilian, and French national, […]

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Rare Rides: The Xedos 6, a Small Luxury Mazda From 1996

<img data-attachment-id="1744676" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/rare-rides-the-xedos-6-a-small-luxury-mazda-from-1996/1996-mazda-xedos-6-1/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1.jpg" data-orig-size="800,600" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1996 Mazda XEDOS 6 (1)" data-image-description=" https://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/1848989582.htm/ ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1744676 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-610×458.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-610×458.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1-120×90.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/1996-Mazda-XEDOS-6-1.jpg 800w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>While researching information for the recently featured Mazda Lantis, your author came across some other Nineties […]

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COVID-19 Strain Found in UK Now Detected Across Asia

Passengers board a Eurostar train at St Pancras International station in London on December 23, 2020. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP The contagious new COVID-19 mutation that was first detected in the U.K. has been found across Asia and could spread further in the world’s most populous region. Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and […]

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‘Box’ or Gem? A Scramble to Save Asia’s Modernist Buildings

HONG KONG — When the General Post Office opened on Hong Kong’s waterfront in 1976, a local newspaper predicted that the Modernist-style building would “certainly become as much of a landmark” as its Victorian-era predecessor. Not quite. The building — with its white concrete facade, harsh angles and tinted glass — became a fixture of […]

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Shinzo Abe Aide Faces Fine Over Campaign Finance Allegations in Japan

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan apologized on Thursday for what he said were unintentionally false statements about a political spending scandal that has tarred the first months of his administration. The apology came hours after Japanese prosecutors said they would seek to fine an aide to Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister, […]

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Fiat’s 124 Spider Reaches the End of the Road in 2020

Fiat’s 124 Spider is about to receive its curtain call, and unlike the scene in Don Giovanni where Don meets a horrendous fate and is dragged off to hell, the Fiat 124 Spider is going out without emotion and little fanfare.   In a press release, FCA Group said, “The Fiat 124 Spider and the […]

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Toyota President Calls Electric Cars ‘Overhyped’, Lashes Out At ICE Bans

Toyota president Akio Toyoda has lamented the growing hype around electric vehicles and expressed concerns about politicians pushing too hard to ban ICE vehicles. While speaking at a news conference for the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, of which he is chairman, Toyoda claimed Japan would run out of electricity in the summer if all vehicles […]

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Toyota’s 2021 GR Supra Sport Top Unveiled

Toyota’s 2021 GR Supra Sport Top unveiling, a part of their SEMA custom vehicle builds, ensures that Toyota’s performance concepts continue to catch the attention of fans of the brand, along with the automotive aftermarket. Toyota‘s two-wave release plan began with four builds revealed in its SEMA360 Showcase in November. SEMA360 was the Specialty Equipment […]

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