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U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today....
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Takata, Japan automakers stuck in uneasy reliance

7:46 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Airbag supplier Takata and Japanese carmakers including Honda are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage -- not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles....
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Honda exec says latest airbag recall may impact Japan sales

7:04 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Honda could see an impact on sales in Japan from its plans to recall some 5 million cars to replace potentially fatal airbags made by troubled supplier Takata, a top executive said today....
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Takata asking to pay for recalls through installments, report says

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Takata asked automakers to allow it to pay for costs related to its recalled airbags by installment and is meeting with its bankers almost every day to ensure it has enough cash flow, an analyst who attended a company briefing told Bloomberg....
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Toyota, Mazda in talks on expanding partnership, report says

7:18 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Toyota and Mazda are in talks to expand their technology partnership to fuel-cell vehicles, sources told Reuters on Saturday, as global automakers face rising costs to comply with stricter emission regulations....
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Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo....
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Mazda quarterly profits fall on currency losses while sales rise

6:41 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Profits fell at Mazda in the January-March quarter, undercut by higher outlays for marketing and factory startups and foreign exchange losses, despite rising sales....
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Mitsubishi posts first annual N.A. profit in seven years

7:47 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Mitsubishi booked double-digit profit increases in the latest quarter to propel the carmaker to record annual earnings and its first North America profit in seven years....
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Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

10:18 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. Ironically, that is because the car is propelled by a whispering electric motor that allows the driver to pick up sounds that might otherwise be droned out. And the distinct whirring and intermittent clicking are unique to its hydrogen drivetrain....
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Suzuki recalls record 2 million cars for smoking ignition switch

7:21 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Suzuki said it would recall 2 million cars, a record for the automaker, including Chevrolet Cruzes it builds for GM, to replace the ignition switch after reports of fumes being emitted from the faulty component....
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Japan, U.S. seek deals on auto parts, rice to secure trade pact

1:19 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Japanese and U.S. negotiators will seek to resolve the most contentious issues on auto parts and rice to help the two countries reach a trade pact, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said....
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South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers

10:40 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks. The latest penalties came Tuesday, when Germany's Schaeffler and Japan's JTEKT were fined for rigging bids on tapered roller bearings to Hyundai, Kia and Hyundai Powertech....
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FROM TVs TO EVs

Japan electronic giants embrace autos after consumer-goods struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Japan's storied electronics companies are struggling in the cutthroat consumer goods market amid cheaper, and often more innovative, rivals from South Korea and China. As a result, the beleaguered blue chips are trying reinventing themselves as suppliers to one of the few sectors of Japan Inc. still thriving: the auto business....
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Who's Toyota CEO? Isn't it obvious?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

During a meeting for individual investors in Japan, Toyota showed a video of man-on-the-street footage asking regular Japanese whether they could identify the head of their country's biggest manufacturer. Most couldn't....
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Hamp, Toyota's first female senior exec, says building trust is top priority

12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Julie Hamp this week became Toyota's first female senior executive, overseeing global communications from Toyota City. Hamp said today her top priority is building trust at the automaker -- fixing disconnects between how Toyota sees itself and how outsiders view the company....
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U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says

11:25 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market....
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Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks

10:00 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Honda is going small and sporty with the release of the S660 mini roadster, a new open-top minicar that will be sold only in Japan, at least for now. The two-seater is powered by a three-cylinder 660cc turbocharged midship engine that matches the S660's diminutive 134-inch length. It musters just 63 hp....
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Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls

6:31 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Takata, the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today....
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Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers....
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Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts

6:49 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the total already repaired....
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Toyota will add engineers in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 30 percent more than it added a year earlier. The biggest increases are coming in engineering and manufacturing operations....
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Toyota to step up hiring at home in the next fiscal year

10:45 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Profit-rich Toyota is plowing more of its cash into new hires in the coming year, especially in the engineering and technical fields crucial to its expansion. Toyota aims to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, a 30 percent increase over the 1,744 hires added a year earlier....
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BLOG: BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan

1:04 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market?...
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET

Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America....
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