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Consumers in Japan rate Toyota and the most effective company in terms of green action, with Panasonic and Aeon in a distant second and third place.
The Burma Campaign UK produced a list of 154 companies that it accuses of helping to finance Burma's military dictatorship through a presence in the country, which includes 50 companies that are new to the campaigns 'dirty list'.
Toyota has said that work is progressing on the next generation of environmentally friendlier car, using fuel cell technology. It will be years, however, before the work produces a commercially viable vehicle.
The Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has appointed Hiroshi Okuda, a senior advisor for Toyota, to become a special advisor to the Cabinet on the economy and global warming.
Environmental campaign groups have criticised what they see as resistance by Toyota Motor Corp to fuel economy proposals to be considered by the US Congress. Other companies, such as Ford and General Motors share the same public policy position, but Toyota has attracted particular attention because of its more progressive track record of producing greener cars, such as the Prius hybrid.
FTSE4Good - one of the leading ethical indices - has announced that some of the best regarded names in responsible business practice are to be dropped from its index as having failed one of its criteria.
The state of California is suing six car manufacturers over the costs associated with the impact from their cars in contributing to climate change.
General Motors and Toyota have ended their partnership on the development of hydrogen-powered cars. They have signed a technology-sharing pact that does not include fuel cells but focuses instead on safety.
According to the Financial Times, General Motors and Toyota are in advanced discussions to explore a joint initiative to speed the development of hydrogen-powered cars.
General Motors and DaimlerChrysler have announced that they are to collaborate to develop fuel-efficient hybrid technology to challenge the current supremacy of Japanese motor giants Toyota and Honda.
Toyota is to grant US car giant Ford a licence to use the company's patented technology for environmentally friendlier cars, enabling Ford to move forward on the production of vehicles that use both petrol and electricity for fuel.
Toyota has said that it is to increase production of its Prius hybrid car following strong growth in demand around the world leading to sales targets being reset to 130,000 from the original 76,000.
Nissan Motor Co plans to jointly develop fuel cells with U.S. aerospace group United Technologies Corp according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The move comes after other Japanese companies, such as Honda, have led the charge in the race to develop viable, clean alternatives to the standard internal combustion engine.
Japan's top two car manufacturers are in the advanced stages of the race to become the first company in the world to roll out a commercial fuel-cell vehicle.
Toyota Motor Corp is putting $7.8bn towards improving business with ethnic minorities after a protracted dispute with the Rev. Jesse Jackson following a Toyota advert which was accused of being racially offensive.
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