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Yokohama launches electric car-sharing service, will expand to guided city tours


“Choimobi Yokohama” is a new round-trip car rental service that will let anyone with a driver’s license, credit card and smartphone borrow a compact electric city car. The new service, which officially launches on Friday, uses Nissan’s ultra-compact New Mobility Concept cars that are based on the Renault Twizzy. The car uses a one-plus-one seating […]

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Toyota, Suzuki tying up in technology, ecology partnership

Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda. AFP FILE PHOTO

TOKYO— Toyota, the world’s top automaker, and Suzuki, a Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership. Both sides announced in a joint statement Wednesday they will study areas they can work together in developing technology for the environment, safety and information networking. They said such areas are likely to […]

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Urine trouble: Japan train driver apologizes for peeing on track


TOKYO—Japanese train operator JR East has apologized after a driver urinated over the railway track while on duty because he did not want to delay services by using the toilet, media reported on Saturday. The driver, in his 50s, felt the urge to go on Monday as his train stopped at Sakura station in Chiba, […]

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WATCH: Testing Toyota safety

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Brand new or pre-loved?

new or preloved

LAST week, I was in Osaka, Japan, which was a haven for secondhand shops of designer bags. Unfortunately for my wallet (and my husband), I’m one of the girls who enjoys the smell of brand new leather as well as cherishes the experience of shopping in a boutique. He argued that due to the depreciated […]

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Mitsubishi PH plant could become Nissan PH production facility

President Aquino tours the newly inaugurated factory of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp.

The 237-billion-yen blindside happened six days ago. Japanese carmakers Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) announced that they had “signed a basic agreement to form a far-reaching strategic alliance.”

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Nissan to take 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors for 237 billion yen

Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, left, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko shake hands after their joint press conference at the Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, May 12, 2016. Nissan is taking a 34 percent stake in scandal-ridden Mitsubishi Motors in what Ghosn said was “a win-win” deal. Ghosn said Nissan will invest 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion) to become the top investor in Mitsubishi Motors. AP

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., (“Nissan”), and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, (“MMC”) announced that they have signed a Basic Agreement to form a far-reaching strategic alliance between the two Japanese automakers. Following an MMC share issue, Nissan will take a 34 percent equity stake in MMC for 237 billion yen. The strategic alliance will extend an existing […]

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PH, Japan seal P97-B commuter rail project

BANQUET FIT FOR EMPEROR President Aquino addresses Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at a state dinner on Thursday in Malacañang’s Ceremonial Hall. With them are the President’s sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada and opposition presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay. LYN RILLON

The Philippine economy is expected to reap huge benefits from the Philippine National Railways’ North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project in Luzon, although passengers will still need to wait a number of years. The initial phase of the project involves a 38-kilometer elevated commuter train line from Tutuban, Manila,  to Malolos, Bulacan, and its construction is […]

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Imperial couple, Aquino discuss Metro traffic jams


Although he may not find himself tied up in Metro Manila’s heavy traffic, which is partly due to the popularity of Japanese-made cars, Emperor Akihito said “congestion” was one of the major issues in the transportation sector. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are on a five-day visit that marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations […]

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A weekend at Fuji Speedway

THE JAPAN Challenge Cup was participated in by Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Lotuses and Porsches GT3s.

If you regularly read this column, you will know that I am one of the founders of Tuason Racing School. You will also know that I have a strong relationship with everything motorsports, by virtue of marrying a racecar driver.   Through this predicament of having complete access to everything motoring related—both technical and practical—but […]

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Apr 26, 2017

Here are some easy and practical tips to keep motoring free and easy as the summer heat continues to