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Toyota Uses High-tensile Steel Plates for New 'Coaster' Microbus

Toyota Uses High-tensile Steel Plates for New 'Coaster' Microbus

Toyota Motor Corp used high-tensile steel plate for about 30% (mass ratio) of the white body of the new "Coaster" microbus to improve collision safety at the time of overturning, etc.Toyota employed a cyclic frame to improve the body strength of the new microbus, which will be released Jan 23...

Toyota Reduces Noise in 'Coaster' Microbus by Improving Body Rigidity

Toyota Reduces Noise in 'Coaster' Microbus by Improving Body Rigidity

Toyota Motor Corp reduced noise in the interior space of its new "Coaster" microbus by improving body rigidity and adding soundproof materials to its engine compartment.

3 Reasons Honda in Japan is Way Cooler

3 Reasons Honda in Japan is Way Cooler

More proof has surfaced that Honda in Japan is 100 percent cooler than Honda in North America.The Japanese automaker has always kept its home market happy with adorable little kei cars and tiny sports cars that we North Americans have always been very vocally jealous about.

Suzuki Ignis Sport turbo on wish-list

Suzuki Ignis Sport turbo on wish-list

Suzuki Australia is keen to get its hands on a hotted-up version of the high-riding new Ignis city car as soon as possible, potentially using a version of the Baleno’s turbo engine.However, the small issue of whether such a car is even in development lingers, though given the old Ignis’...

2017 Suzuki Ignis pricing and specs in Australia

2017 Suzuki Ignis pricing and specs in Australia

The retro-styled 2017 Suzuki Ignis high-riding city car launched in Australia this week, giving the brand a chic new option to lure urban dwellers.Billed as an edgy crossover on account of 180mm ground clearance (more than a Mazda CX-3) the new Ignis is in fact about the same size as...

Lexus LC500 – same V8 engine, more torque, better sound

Lexus LC500 – same V8 engine, more torque, better sound

When the Lexus LC500 touches down on local shores in May, buyers will be able to choose between two engines; a 5.0-litre V8 and a 3.5-litre petrol/electric hybrid.The high-revving V8 is also found in Lexus’ two other performance models; the RC F coupe and GS F sedan. However, in the...

Nintendo Stock Price Drops After The Switch’s Price Reveal

Nintendo Stock Price Drops After The Switch’s Price Reveal

Things aren’t looking up for Nintendo in 2017, or at least they’re not having a very good start of the...

Nintendo Switch Won’t Be Region Locked

Nintendo Switch Won’t Be Region Locked

With Sony and Microsoft basically making their consoles region-free, many wondered if Nintendo would adopt a similar practice. The good...

The Nintendo Switch Will Have A Parental Control App

The Nintendo Switch Will Have A Parental Control App

Back in the day, parental control when it came to video games was basically about locking the console or computer...

Nintendo Switch Will Ditch Miiverse & StreetPass

Nintendo Switch Will Ditch Miiverse & StreetPass

Nintendo’s Miiverse and StreetPass features have sort of been staples to the various consoles released by Nintendo in recent years...

News

Engineer defies wife, breathes new life into old, disused vehicles

Engineer defies wife, breathes new life into old, disused vehicles

Akira Ishikawa often uses his restored classic cars and motorcycles to spice up dates with his wife. His sweetheart, however...

Abe pledges to work for regional peace

Abe pledges to work for regional peace

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to work for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.He made the comment...

Sport

Kisenosato dealt 1st loss of New Year 2017

Kisenosato dealt 1st loss of New Year 2017

Ozeki Kisenosato was dealt his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, but yokozuna and closest rival Hakuho failed to take advantage when he was also sent to defeat on the ninth day of action Monday at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan.Kisenosato, aiming for his first career Emperor’s Cup, was forced out by fellow ozeki Kotoshogiku, who had incentive of...

Baseball: Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Baseball: Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Catcher Tsutomu Ito and pitchers Senichi Hoshino and Masaji Hiramatsu were inducted into Japan's Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday.Ito, the catcher for the Seibu Lions' Pacific League dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s, was elected in the players division. The Lotte Marines skipper was named on 265 ballots, 79.6 percent of the 333 cast by reporters who have covered...

Cuisine

Tempura with ginger sauce

Tempura with ginger sauce

Ingredients 1 medium (about 100g) carrot, peeled Vegetable oil, to deep-fry 24 medium green prawns, peeled with tails left intact, deveined 1 small (about 80g) white onion, thinly sliced crossways 16 large fresh basil leaves, washed, dried Pinch of saltBatter 330ml (1 1/3 cups) iced water 2 egg yolks 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar 200g (11/3 cups) plain flour 1/2...

Chicken donburi

Chicken donburi

For a healthy weeknight meal, you can rely on this Japanese donburi with soy sauce, sushi rice, tender chicken and sliced green onion.Ingredients 1 1/2 cups SunRice Japanese Style Sushi Rice 1 sachet (2 teaspoons) dashi soup stock (see related article) 1 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon peanut oil 2 medium brown onions, halved, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed...

Features

Shrine in Tokyo accepts e-money offerings

Shrine in Tokyo accepts e-money offerings

Atago Shrine in Minato Ward, Tokyo, accepted electronic money offerings on Wednesday from visitors not carrying coins when praying on New Year’s visits.In 2014, after an offer from online shopping...

Not forgetting Nagasaki: Obama’s gift of origami cranes

Not forgetting Nagasaki: Obama’s gift of origami cranes

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue received a surprise gift from outgoing U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy--two origami paper cranes folded by U.S. President Barack Obama.Taue visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on...

Swordsmiths in Gifu hammer home message for the new year

Swordsmiths in Gifu hammer home message for the new year

Sparks flew, but in a good way, as the hammer fell on 2016.Swordsmiths struck heated raw steel in front of a crowd at a ceremony on Jan. 2 marking the...

Martial Arts

Shimizu eyes karate’s debut at 2020 Tokyo Games

Shimizu eyes karate’s debut at 2020 Tokyo Games

With karate added to the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Games, world champion Kiyo Shimizu watched the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a different perspective than usual.“As I was...

Port Hope woman finds strength in judo after a drunk driver crash

Port Hope woman finds strength in judo after a drunk driver crash

After a drunk driver crash left Port Hope resident Susan Sokol with a brain injury, her doctor advised her to quit her favourite sport — judo.Not one to give up...

Share our passion: Stowmarket Judo Club

Share our passion: Stowmarket Judo Club

Want to try a new sport in 2017? Gail sings the praises of judo, where ‘the females always fight harder!’Ealife: I’m a bit… ahem… more flabby than I ought to...