Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marks his 59th birthday on Saturday. He will ascend to the throne on May 1st, one day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates.
The Crown Prince held a news conference ahead of his birthday at his residence in central Tokyo. He said that he feels solemnity when thinking of the path he will soon be embarking upon, but said he will continue to improve himself with the deeds of previous Emperors in mind.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held separate meetings with Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito. He is believed to have briefed them on governmental preparations for the upcoming Imperial succession.
Abe met the Emperor at the Imperial Palace on Thursday to report privately on matters of state.
Toyota's Crown Concept has just made its public debut at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, where visitors can truly get a sense of what to expect from next year's production car.
According to Toyota, the Crown Concept is about two things, driving performance and connectivity, with the automaker looking to provide customers with an enjoyable drive in a future mobility society.
Toyota has revealed the first details of a new sedan concept it's bringing to the Tokyo Motor Show. And it has us wondering if it couldn't preview a new Lexus as well.
What you're looking at here is the Toyota Crown concept, previewing what will, when it reaches showrooms next summer, be the fifteenth generation of a model line stretching all the way back (in the Japanese Domestic Market) to 1955.
Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso says he wants to win the fabled Triple Crown of Motorsport by adding Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans wins to his Monaco GP success.
That feat has only been achieved by one man, Graham Hill, and according to Alonso, is a necessity if he wants to be considered the best and most complete racing driver in the world.