Season 2 of Yamaha Motor’s Original Short Anime “Master of Torque” Released

IWATA, Japan, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) has globally released the second season of “Master of Torque,” an original short anime series for entertainment purposes initially released online from the spring through the summer of 2014.

The Master of Torque anime is set in Tokyo in the near future and tells the fictional story of a group of young motorcycle riders. It is meant to help communicate the fun of motorcycles to younger people, primarily in their teens and twenties.

Taking place around globally recognized sources of modern Japanese culture that lie along Route 246 in Tokyo, like Aoyama, Omote-sando and Shibuya, the Master of Torque anime paints a vivid picture of the joys of motorcycles and the lifestyle they can bring by highlighting the unique characteristics of Yamaha’s MT Series of motorcycles, all within the context of a dramatic story depicting the conflicts and confrontations between the colorful cast of characters.

The anime’s production combines the storytelling and techniques of Japanese animation that are popular among young people around the world today and the talent of several accomplished anime voice actors. The result is a full-fledged piece of entertainment representing a uniquely Yamaha form of communication to young people around the world.

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Airwheel’s Electric Unicycles Tour the UK

CARDIFF, MANCHESTER and BRIGHTON, England, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From March 21-22, Airwheel riders came to the streets of Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton promoting Airwheel‘s futuristic personal transporter on a two-day tour that caused a sensation in the UK.

In each city, a team of Airwheel self-balancing unicycle riders headed out onto the streets, successfully catching the eye of pedestrians thanks to a beautifully concise exterior design that actually shares some resemblance to a skateboard.

“It really reminds me of the hover board in Back to the Future”, remarked one stunned local resident, touching on both the fact that Airwheel is such a futuristic device, and that the science and technology of transportation is headed in that direction.

Airwheel defines the concept of the commute of the future, with the UK tour serving to raise further awareness of this fun and eco-friendly adult’s unicycle. The team also distributed booklets and questionnaires to pedestrians who were interested in Airwheel’s brand, trying to introduce a new lifestyle to the public.

Based on the latest gyro technology, Airwheel is a self-balancing electric unicycle. It is portable, cheap to run, fun to ride, environmentally friendly and can easily be carried onto the bus or subway. It’s also safe and easy to use; simply lean forwards to go forward, and back to slow down or go backwards. The power shuts off automatically if you jump off, and the pedals rise up to prevent leaning too far when the speed exceeds the safe range.

As soon as you step onto an Airwheel unicycle, it feels like you are gliding and the trend is gaining popularity across the globe. But it’s not just for fun. City commuters are now using them to cover the last few miles from the Tube station to home. Compared with a Segway for example, the Airwheel electric unicycle is so lightweight, you can zoom to your station, store it in the overhead compartment, get to your destination, take it down and zoom to work.

The company has now also launched a twin-wheeled version, which is even easier to learn to ride. Go on and see for yourself.


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Kerry Logistics’ FY2014 Core Net Profit up 10% to HK$976 million

Solid Growth in All Segments Driven by Successful Business Integration

HONG KONG, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Kerry Logistics Network Limited (“Kerry Logistics” or  together with its subsidiaries,  the “Group”; Stock Code 636), a leading logistics service provider in Asia, today announced the Group’s annual results for 2014.

Group’s Financial Highlights

  • Turnover increased by 6% to HK$21,115 million (2013: HK$19,969 million)
  • Core operating profit increased by 14% to HK$1,612 million (2013: HK$1,413 million)
  • Core net profit increased by 10% to HK$976 million (2013: HK$886 million)
  • Integrated Logistics (“IL”) business achieved a 12% increase in segment profit to HK$1,409 million (2013: HK$1,258 million)
  • International Freight Forwarding (“IFF”) business recorded a 11% increase in segment profit to HK$378 million (2013: HK$342 million)
  • All segments recorded improved margins in 2014
  • Full-year dividend payout ratio increased to 24% (2013: 21%)
  • Final dividend of 8 HK cents per share recommended

William MA, Group Managing Director of Kerry Logistics, said, “2014 was a year of consolidation and integration for Kerry Logistics. Through organic growth, investments and strategic acquisitions, we continued to expand our operating scale, strengthen our service capabilities and extend our network coverage during the year. Resources were deployed to integrate newly acquired businesses into our existing network and system, enhancing service offerings and increasing efficiencies. These efforts produced double-digit growth in both our core operating profit and core net profit, as well as improved margins in all our business segments.”

Expanding Scale through Continued Investments

The Group continued to enrich its logistics facility portfolio during the year. As at 31 December 2014, it managed a logistics facility portfolio of 45 million square feet, of which 23 million square feet were self-owned.

In Mainland China, the Group completed the development of two new logistics centres in Zhengzhou and Kunshan, and commenced construction of two other facilities in Chengdu and Xi’an, adding a total of 1.6 million square feet of logistics facilities to its portfolio in the country. It also purchased a parcel of land with a site area of 728,000 square feet in Shanghai for the development of a new flagship facility of 1.1 million square feet to cope with the expansion of its IL business in the city.  Upon completion, it will be the largest logistics facility of the Group in Mainland China.

Within ASEAN, the Group has been building new facilities in Thailand to capture rising opportunities in this dynamic market. Phase 2 of the new logistics centre in Rayong was completed during the year.  Phase 1 of the Kerry Bangna Logistics Centre is currently under construction and will serve as a new sorting centre for Kerry Express and a fulfilment centre for e-commerce customers upon completion.  In addition, the Group added a new warehouse and a new Inland Container Depot in Kerry Siam Seaport to develop the port into a key cargo gateway for the growing trade in the region. In Cambodia, the Group is planning to construct a 160,000 square feet bonded warehouse on its newly acquired land at a Free Trade and Special Economic Zone in 2015.

Enhancing Capabilities by Service Scope Extension

In 2014, the Group’s IL segment maintained solid growth on the back of expanding network and coverage in Greater China and ASEAN countries, with more higher-margin value-added services and new customer wins. The Group’s logistics operations achieved a segment profit margin of 10% in 2014. Turnover and segment profit of the logistics operations in Hong Kong also increased by 22% and 28% year-on-year respectively.

In Hong Kong, the Group launched Kerry Pharma to tap into the ever-growing pharmaceutical and healthcare market by setting up a brand-new GMP compliant secondary packaging facility and obtaining the WHO GDP certificate for the provision of warehousing, distribution and secondary packaging services for pharmaceutical products.  It also expanded into the automotive sector in Hong Kong and was appointed to provide parts logistics services to several internationally renowned automotive brands. Across the Taiwan Strait, the Group has built a service network supported by ten service hubs that covers the whole island, and became the only logistics company attained SGS WHO GDP international quality accreditation as well as GDP from the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration. 

Riding on the success of the fast-growing Kerry Express (Thailand), the Group took further steps to build an ASEAN-wide regional express platform through acquiring a local express company in Cambodia and expanding the business into Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  To strengthen its ASEAN-wide cross-border road transportation network, Kerry Logistics took full control of the KART business in Malaysia and Thailand, further integrating the operations in the two countries into its KART network. The Group also formed a new joint venture with shareholders of PT Puninar Saranaraya, one of Indonesia’s largest logistics companies, in March 2015 for growth of IL business in Indonesia.

Extending Coverage through New Market Expansion

During the year, the Group restructured its business in Europe which contributed to satisfactory results in tandem with the gradual economic recovery in the region. As part of the Group’s long-term IFF strategy to build a global network across six continents, it has also expanded the reach and capacity of its IFF business through acquisitions and the formation of new joint-ventures in the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand and Senegal. The stable growth of the IFF business was accompanied by increased profitability and volume. While the segment profit increased by 11%, the segment profit margin rose to 3%, bringing it closer to the international average.

Hong Kong Warehouse — Unlocking Asset Values and Maximising Returns

Kerry Logistics’ Hong Kong warehouse portfolio comprised nine warehouses with a combined GFA of 5.1 million square feet. It maintained nearly full occupancy with segment profit margin increased to 59.7% and achieved double-digit growth in rentals for successful contract renewals. The Group expects to see continuous stable growth from this business riding on its 9% growth in segment profit in 2014.

In a bid to unleash the potential of its facility portfolio and to address actual community needs, the Group submitted an application to the Town Planning Board of Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2015 to convert one of its Hong Kong warehouse facilities into a columbarium. Subject to approval, the investment, excluding land premium to be paid to the government, is estimated to be around HK$2 billion.

George YEO, Chairman of Kerry Logistics, said, “The integration of China’s economy with its neighbours is a major trend seen by the increasing intra-Asian trade and growing cross-border logistics.  The combined economy in the region is becoming the central growth pole in the world.  With our unique position as ‘Asia Specialist, China Focus, Global Network’, we aspire to be a major logistics provider for the new Silk Road. We will continue to grow our IL and IFF businesses through continuous improvements in operating efficiencies, service offerings, network coverage, and securing suitable acquisition opportunities in target markets. Our extensive exposure in the region and a broader international customer base will enable us to ride economic cycles and sustain long-term growth to reward our shareholders.”

About Kerry Logistics Network Limited (Stock Code 636)

Kerry Logistics is a leading logistics service provider in Asia with extensive operations across Greater China and other countries in the region. It is principally engaged in the integrated logistics and international freight forwarding businesses and currently has more than 550 office locations in 39 countries and territories. By managing 45 million sq. ft. of logistics facilities, it provides customers with reliability and flexibility to support their expansion and long-term growth. Kerry Logistics Network Limited is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit

TOYOTA MOTOR Launches Global Street Music Campaign, ‘Feeling the Street’

TOKYO, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION announced on March 18 the launch of “Feeling the Street,” a global street music initiative. Around the world, some of the most vibrant musical performances take place on street corners. That talent now has a home with the launch of “Feeling the Street” (, an online campaign that celebrates some of the world’s best buskers.

TOYOTA for the first time gives the general public a chance to select the world’s best street performers by voting for their favorite artists to create an ultimate Global Street Band.

Realizing that TOYOTA shares the streets with talented musicians on every continent, a platform was created to give these amazing performers an opportunity for global exposure.

For the next nine weeks, street musicians will be able to enter the competition. Visitors to the site can choose their favorite performers and help to decide which six individuals they would like to see in a Global Street Band.

Three phases of competition:

Phase 1 — “Enter and Vote”: Musicians can enter by submitting an original video where they show their skills, playing an original song on their street corner. A global online audience will then vote by throwing money in the hats of the musicians they like most.

Phase 2 — “Pick your band”: The audience will be able to pick a combination of the six favorite artists they would most like to see come together. Phase 2 runs from May until June, 2015.

Phase 3 — “Taking the Global Street Band on the road”: The winning participants will travel to New Zealand for a nine-day tour across the country that will culminate in a live performance on stage. Six audience winners will also be selected as ‘Roadies’ to travel with the band. Phase 3 runs from June 13 until 20, 2015.



One of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers. TOYOTA’s global vision includes a commitment to quality, constant innovation and respect for the planet. The company aims to exceed expectations to be rewarded with a smile.

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Official Hashtag: #feelingthestreet


Yasuhiro Imai / Kozue Takenaka
Toyota Smile Project Office
Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing Corporation

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