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EU ban may speed up Japanese carmakers' EV push

Jul 15 (NHK) - Japan's auto manufacturers are closely watching a move by the European Union to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The EU announced on Wednesday a plan to ban sales of new cars powered by gasoline and diesel by 2035.

The Japanese carmakers have special concerns, as they hold a competitive edge in hybrid vehicles, a class covered by the proposed ban.

They expect that the EU initiative would prompt them to revamp their lineups and accelerate their push to go fully electric.

They have already set new targets in response to global moves to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

Toyota aims for 40 percent of its vehicles in Europe to be electric and fuel-cell powered by 2030. The remainder will be hybrids.

Nissan plans for its entire lineup for Europe and other major markets to be EVs and hybrids by the early 2030s.

Hybrids have both electric and combustion engines.

Honda has global plans to launch an entirely electric and fuel-cell lineup by 2040.

The companies say they are waiting to see if EU member states green-light a set of ambitious climate proposals.


Japan Post has announced its first price increase in nearly 30 years, set to take effect this fall, unveiling new stamps and postcards.

Canadian police have arrested a 32-year-old man for the fatal stabbing of Japanese chef Wataru Kakiuchi in Vancouver's Chinatown last week.

A woman died after being trapped by her neck in an escalator at a Tokyo supermarket on Wednesday morning, highlighting the need for improved safety measures in the wake of similar incidents.

An extremely rare golden snake has been sighted in Kitakyushu City. The snake is identified as a Takachiho snake, an endangered nocturnal species native to Fukuoka Prefecture and other areas. Typically brown, this specimen is an albino, lacking pigmentation.

Two women, aged 21 and 19, were arrested for the murder of a high school girl from Rumoi City, Hokkaido, after allegedly pushing her off a bridge in Asahikawa City.



Rakugo performer Katsura Zakoba has passed away on June 12 due to asthma at the age of 76.

A university student has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing at a junior high school in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, after a shocked staff member found the man in a closet wrapped in a futon.

An 80-year-old man has been arrested in Chiba Prefecture for keeping weakened cats in deplorable conditions with accumulated feces and failing to provide proper care.

Former President of Presance Corporation, Shinobu Yamagishi (61), who was acquitted of embezzlement charges, has filed a lawsuit seeking 770 million yen in compensation from the government, claiming illegal interrogation by the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office.

A large swarm of bees was found gathering on the sidewalk in front of Tokyo's Shinjuku Station on Tuesday afternoon, with authorities urging people to avoid creating a disturbance.

Two gang members have been arrested for allegedly harassing a reporter in Tokyo's Kabukicho district.

A Brazilian man drowned while trying to save an elementary school student who was drowning in Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday.

An explosion and fire at the Osaka-Kansai Expo construction site in March has been detailed by a male worker who was near the scene. In early June, he provided his account to the Asahi Shimbun, along with photos showing damage not previously disclosed by the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition.