Toyota revives Land Cruiser 70 after 2004 sales end in Japan
NAGOYA - Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it has reintroduced the Land Cruiser 70 sport utility vehicle in Japan for the first time after it ended domestic sales of the model in 2004 due to stricter regulations for diesel engine exhaust gas emissions.
The heavy duty SUV will be sold with a target of 200 orders a month for roughly one year to celebrate 30 years since its launch in 1984 amid increasing requests for its return, said Toyota, the world's biggest automaker by volume.
Ishiba not to take new post for national security legislation
TOKYO - The secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party indicated Monday he will turn down Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer to become state minister in charge of national security legislation.
"It's best that someone who thinks the same way as the prime minister does answers questions in the Diet," Shigeru Ishiba said in a TBS radio program, suggesting he wants to retain his post as effective No. 2 in the party.
Japan, N. Korea kids' art exhibition returns to Pyongyang after 8 yrs
PYONGYANG - An exhibition of pictures drawn by Japanese and North Korean children that depict their desire for peace was held Monday in Pyongyang, marking the first time in eight years the showcase was held in the North Korean capital.
The exhibition of drawings and paintings at Rungra elementary school in Pyongyang was organized by a group comprising Japanese nongovernmental organizations and other entities that started holding exhibitions of pictures drawn by children from Japan, and both North and South Korea in 2001.
ASEAN ministers gather in Myanmar for talks on economic community
NAYPYITAW - Economic ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Myanmar's administrative capital Naypyitaw on Monday to discuss matters related to economic integration, forming the ASEAN Economic Community and visions for the post-AEC.
Speaking at the opening session, Myanmar President Thein Sein called on ASEAN to implement the remaining measures to realize an ASEAN Economic Community that is to launch next year.
Gov't considering abolishing tax break for smaller firms next March
TOKYO - The government is considering abolishing a special tax break for small and midsize companies in the country at the end of next March, aiming to finance the corporate tax cut Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to implement, government officials said Monday.
The move is expected to draw criticism that the Abe government will give preferential treatment to big firms, while increasing burdens on smaller companies, analysts said.
Gunmen on motorcycle shoot Japanese man dead in Philippines
MANILA - Motorcycle-riding gunmen on Monday shot dead a 66-year-old Japanese man who was waiting for a ride in Antipolo City, east of Manila, police said.
Police said Kazuaki Tsuya was standing under a footbridge in front of a mall when he was shot in the head around 2 p.m. Monday.
42 hurt during high school military training in south central China
HONG KONG - A fight between students and military trainers at a high school in south central China'sHunan Province on Sunday left 42 people injured, according to the local government and mainland news reports Monday.
Among the injured are 40 students, a trainer and a teacher of Huang Cang High School in Longshan County, a government statement posted on its official news website said.
Planned dams fail to be completed before Hiroshima disaster
OSAKA - None of the nine planned mudslide-control dams was completed in an area in Hiroshima hit by massive mudslides last Wednesday, killing more than 50 people, land ministry officials said Monday.
Under a mudslide-control dam construction plan the government launched in fiscal 2001 in Hiroshima Prefecture after a 1999 torrential rain disaster, the first two of the nine dams were to be completed by next March in the prefectural capital's hardest-hit Asaminami Ward, the officials said.