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At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, according to news reports.

Rallying: Burns' mastery ensures victory cruise

RALLY OF BRITAIN McRae's aggression is questioned as Englishman proves he has ability to win next year's title

RALLYING: McRae has no answer to brilliance of Burns

RICHARD BURNS was as good as his word and fiery as his name yesterday, leaving the rest, and notably Colin McRae, trailing beyond the clouds of smoke.

Rallying: Makinen content to be free of constraints

Derick Allsop meets the dominant force in world rallying who is yet to taste victory in the British event

BNFL in new row over plutonium shipment

BRITISH NUCLEAR Fuels was at the centre of fresh controversy last night after environmentalists claimed that tests on plutonium being sent to a Japanese power plant may have been faked.

Bank of Japan undermines yen

JAPAN'S CENTRAL bank successfully intervened in the currency markets yesterday to undermine the value of the yen following its 2 per cent surge on Thursday.

Toyota unit to open UK parts plant

TOYODA GOSEI, an affiliate of the Japanese car giant Toyota, yesterday announced it would invest pounds 32m and create 400 new jobs by building a car parts factory in the UK. Production will start at the new plant in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, by the end of next year. The deal was announced jointly by the firm's president, Tokio Horigome, and the Industry Secretary, Stephen Byers, who is visiting Japan. Toyoda's new factory, its first production plant in Europe, will make sealing parts to be supplied to Toyota's French car plant. Toyoda supplies about 70 per cent of its products to Toyota, but also counts Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi Motors among its customers.

Japan faces computer chaos

JAPAN'S failure to prepare adequately for the millennium bug is posing a threat to the troubled Japanese economy and has grave implications for manufacturing exports around the world.

RALLYING; Cool Burns finds glory in Greece

BRITAIN'S RICHARD Burns kept his nerve and his overnight lead to win the Acropolis Rally in Greece yesterday.

Rallying: McRae celebrates Burns' plight

COLIN McRAE led the Acropolis Rally after the Subaru driver Richard Burns ended yesterday's final stage with a 16.4 second lead - but elected to take a 30sec time penalty and start today's run in fourth place.

Rallying: Burns pipped by Kankkunen

RICHARD BURNS was "bitterly disappointed" at having victory in the Rally of Argentina snatched from his grasp by his Subaru team-mate, Juha Kankkunen. In one of the closest finishes in rallying history, Kankkunen pipped the Briton by 2.4 seconds.

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Equestrianism: Todd's class broadcasts clear intent

MARK TODD and Broadcast News brought some cheer to a miserable afternoon yesterday when they produced a superb dressage test in torrential rain to secure the overnight lead in the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Rallying: Tarmac `trials' benefit McRae

COLIN McRAE will be looking for a quick return to winning form in the Tour of Corsica, which begins tomorrow, after missing out on a hat-trick of victories in Spain with a turbo problem on the first day.

EQUESTRIANISM: Funnell so fluent in dressage

PIPPA FUNNELL and Supreme Rock held the lead when yesterday's first day of dressage was completed at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, having produced a beautifully fluent and accurate test to finish on 64 penalties. Under the previous formula, this would have meant a score in the upper thirties.

Mitsubishi closure costs 240 jobs

THE JAPANESE electronics giant Mitsubishi dealt a fresh blow to Scotland yesterday by announcing the closure of its video recorder manufacturing plant in Livingston with the loss of 240 jobs.
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