Japan Current Affairs - 2020

Japanese automaker Toyota tops in global vehicle sales in 2015

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. has topped in global vehicle sales in 2015 by selling 10.151 million vehicles, beating Volkswagen and General Motors.

With this, the company has retained its status as the world’s top-selling automaker for the fourth straight year.

While, German automaker Volkswagen AG is ranks second in global vehicle sales list and has sold 9.93 million vehicles in year 2015. Detroit-based General Motors (GM) ranks third in the list and has sold at 9.8 million vehicles.

In 2008, Toyota had broken GM’s 7 decades of long reign as the world’s top automaker. But it had lost it in 2011 as Japan’s devastating earthquake-tsunami disaster that had dented its production and disrupted the supply chains. However, in 2012 Toyota once again overtook GM and since then it has remained on top position,

Shiva Keshavan wins silver medal at Asian Luge Championship

Seasoned Indian luger Shiva Keshavan has won a silver medal at the 2015 Asian Luge Championship held in Nagano, Japan.

In this edition of championship, the first place was claimed by Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama and the third by South Korea’s Dong Hyeon Kim.

The race was conducted in two heats that were closely contested by athletes. In the first heat Shiva Keshavan was a mere 2/10th of a second behind, but in the second heat minor technical snags cost him the gold medal. In the previous editions of the event, Shiva had won two gold, silver and two bronze medals for India.

It should be noted that Luge is one of the three Olympic sliding sports. It is the fastest and most dangerous sports on ice and is part of Winter Olympic program since 1964.