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Death at 97 of Shoichiro Toyoda, the architect of Toyota’s globalization

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Death at 97 of Shoichiro Toyoda, the architect of Toyota’s globalization, Magnate Daily
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Eva Deschamps / February 14, 2023

Shoichiro Toyoda, who died Tuesday at the age of 97, was the former head of the Japanese automotive giant Toyota, which was founded by his father. He developed the group’s global industrial presence and laid the foundations for its success in hybrid vehicles.
 
He died of heart failure and his funeral will be held in the privacy of his family, according to a brief statement from the group.
 
Born on February 27, 1925, this eldest son of Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota, joined the company in 1952, gradually climbing the hierarchy and improving production quality control.
 
In 1982, the arrival at the helm of this trained engineer also marked the birth of the current group, with the merger of its commercial and production activities, divided since the 1950s.
 
The successful integration of these two opposing branches is largely the work of Shoichiro Toyoda, who led the group for ten years before becoming chairman of the board (1992-1999) and then honorary chairman until his death. 
 
In the early 1980s, the unbridled success of Japan’s automobile exports had led to serious trade tensions with the United States and Europe. Toyota realized that it had to produce as much as possible locally.
 
A joint venture between Toyota and the American General Motors was created in 1984, allowing the Japanese group to start production in the United States.
 
Other factories of the group have subsequently grown like mushrooms in North America, but also in the rest of the world (Europe, China and Southeast Asia, Latin America…). Today, Toyota manufactures two-thirds of its vehicles outside Japan.
 
In 1989, Shoichiro Toyoda brought his group into the high-end automotive segment with a new brand, Lexus, which was mainly present in North America and China.
 
He also approved the development of the Toyota Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid (gasoline-electric) car, which went on sale in 1997.
 
Hybrids subsequently became the cash cow of the group, which sold a record 2.7 million Toyota and Lexus cars in this category in 2022.
 
Shoichiro Toyoda, who was succeeded at the head of the group by his younger brother Tatsuro (who died in 2017), was also president of the Keidanren, the powerful Japanese employers’ federation, in the 1990s.
 
He was the father of Akio Toyoda, CEO of the group since 2009.
 
While he was increasingly criticized externally for delaying the serious launch of his group into the 100% electric segment, Akio Toyoda made a surprise announcement last month that he would be replaced in April by one of his lieutenants, Koji Sato. Aged 66, Akio Toyoda will take over as chairman of the board.

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Kenneth Mitchell (“Star Trek”, “Captain Marvel”) has died aged 49

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Eva Descamps / February 28, 2024

You’ve seen him in “Star Trek”, “NCIS”, “Grey’s Anatomy” for the series, “Captain Marvel”, “The Recruit”, “Home of the Giants” for the movies… Canadian actor Kenneth Mitchell passed away at the age of 49 this February 24, 2024.
 
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the dec! s of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, a beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and friend,” read a post on his Instagram account announcing the sad news.
 
In August 2018, Kenneth Mitchell was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He had been in a wheelchair since October 2019. By August 2021, he had lost the use of his voice due to the disease.
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Alexei Navalny’s body handed over to his mother, says Russian opposition leader’s team

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Sylvie Claire / February 28, 2024

 

Alexei Navalny’s body, which his relatives had been demanding for over a week, has been handed over to his mother, the Russian opposition leader’s spokeswoman said on Saturday.
  
In recent days, Alexeï Navalny’s team has regularly complained about not having access to the body of the deceased Russian opponent. His relatives had complained that investigators would spend at least 14 days carrying out an “expertise” on his remains before handing them over.
 
Navalny’s relatives accuse the Kremlin of killing him and trying to cover up his tracks. According to Navalny’s mother, Russia is trying to decompose the body so that it can no longer be examined. Last week, Alexei Navalny’s mother and lawyers were not allowed to enter the morgue.
 
Eight days after his death, Navalny’s body was returned to his mother. The Russian opponent’s spokeswoman, Kira Iarmich, said on X (ex-Twitter) that she did not yet know whether “the authorities will prevent (the funeral) from taking place as the family wishes and as Alexei deserves ».
 
Alexei Navalny was the most prominent opposition figure in Russia, where he gained widespread popularity, particularly among the younger generation, thanks to his in-depth investigations into corruption under Vladimir Putin’s regime
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Alain Dorval, the iconic French voice of Sylvester Stallone, has died aged 77.

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Eva Deschamps / February 16, 2024

 

Watching a Sylvester Stallone film in VF will never be the same again. Alain Dorval, the French actor who dubbed the American, died on Monday night, his family announced.
 
Alain Dorval had been battling cancer for several years, which finally claimed his life earlier this week at the Gustave Roussy hospital outside Paris.
 
He was best known as the French voice of Sylvester Stallone, but also distinguished himself as Tiger in the Fievel saga, and as Pat Hibulaire in the Disney universe.
 
Fans of the Rocky saga have been in mourning for several months. In October, actor Burt Young, who played Paulie, passed away. In early February, Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed, passed away.
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