Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius hybrid was the best-selling car in Japan in the first half of 2012, industry data showed Thursday.
Sales of the Prius totaled 181,630 units in January-June, up 2.1-fold year on year, thanks to the government's subsidy program for eco-friendly vehicles.
Honda Motor Co.'s Fit ranked second with sales of 133,345 units. Of this number, 56 percent were hybrid versions. Toyota's Aqua subcompact hybrid came third with 128,243 units.
Daihatsu Motor Co.'s Mira ranked fourth, Honda's N Box fifth, Suzuki Motor Corp.'s Wagon R sixth, and Daihatsu's Tanto and Move seventh and eighth, respectively. All five models are minivehicles. Honda's Freed minivan ranked ninth, followed by Toyota's Vitz subcompact.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )