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sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 04:27PM JST
Why did it take so long to test these cars in the real world? ICCT began to look into discrepancies in the emissions of several VW diesel vehicles in early 2014 with the sincere intentions. U.S. had stricter and more rigorously enforced emissions laws that VW’s TDI-equipped cars routinely passed without problems, the ICCT figured performing some tests on U.S. soil would provide them with a good control model. The real-world testing reveal the root of the inconsistencies. The results gathered from real-world testing were compared with the compliant numbers generated in the lab by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), it was obvious that something was not right. The Jetta exceeded the U.S. nitrogen-oxide emissions standard by 15 to 35 times, and the Passat by 5 to 20 times.
Posted in: VW chief quits as pollution cheating scandal snowballs
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 03:39PM JST
I always wondered why VW didn't have to have a urea tank like BMW and Mercedes Benz. It was really strange that VW made 'cleaner' diesels then anyone else. We now know what actually happened. BMW and Mercedes Benz did the right thing and spent the money that they needed to. VW being the cheap company that they are, cheated and now everyone pays the price one way or another, this is going to affect all diesel cars in the U.S. The resale value is going to fall because of what VW have done. Feel sorry for VW diesel owners who have been lied to. its an absolute disgrace. VW should be banned from selling cars in the U.S. for ten years.
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 03:17PM JST
PTownsendSEP. 24, 2015 - 03:12PM JST @sfjp330 I was discussing the decision by the San Francisco Board.
I don't believe these San Francisco supervisors understand the history and make judgement. In 1992, Korean prof. Ahn Byeong-jik of Seoul University talks about Japanese comfort station system. An investigation conducted in South Korea by Professor on 40 survivors resulted in all testimonies not being credible. He also concluded that half of comfort station owners were Korean. The brutality of some segments of the Imperial Japanese military is well known and have been tried at the Tokyo trials. Problem is that surviving Korean comfort women tells different version each time they recount their experiences. The South Koreans started attacking even the good will of former PM Murayama who spent working for the surviving comfort women as a head of AWF. Based on the testimonies that they gave, many are now questioning the stories behind it. If this is a court of law, one needs to prove their allegations and it's really not up to Japan to disprove them.
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 03:07PM JST
But why this was not a issue for South Korea for almost three decades from 1966 to early 1990's when most of these survivors were still alive? If the issue of comfort women was so important to them, don't you think the South Korean government would've acted much sooner and brought attention to Japan? Point is, South Korean government couldn't care less about these women for a long time, as long as Japanese government paid their millions. The fault also lies on the South Korean government, and Park should acknowledge this.
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 02:58PM JST
Haukie SEP. 24, 2015 - 02:46PM JST When confronting the history of such painful and horrible events what is needed is frank and open dialogue between the affected parties.
If that is true, why did Korean government hid and deny until 2005 (40 years later) to release a file to their own citizens of the $800 millions that Japan paid to Korea in 1965 treaty? South Korea is being duplicitous, to put it mildly. Japan paid. It did so and enjoyed nary a complaint in the immediate years after the South Korean government negotiated in 1965, presumably in good faith, a settlement of the reparations issue. But South Korean politicians with selective memory over the past two decades have taken this long-settled matter and spun it into guaranteed votes at the South Korean poll by glossing completely over the fact that the South Korean government not only received large sums of money in the form of over $800 million in grants and soft loans, over $6 billion in today's dollars but also declined specifically to allow Japan to dispense this money to individual victims of Japan's aggression, stating that it would prefer the money in a lump sum to dispense as it saw fit. Needless to say, none of that $800 million made it into the hands of the slave laborers or "comfort women." Where did that money go? Why aren't South Koreans angrier with their own government for not being able to answer this question?
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 02:46PM JST
PTownsend SEP. 24, 2015 - 02:36PM JSTSome may say their decision was of the ‘tyranny of the majority’ variety, but I think it was a democratic action made by a local body of elected officials who were strongly influenced by a voting bloc. Another interpretation? A better alternative would be?
A better alternative for these supervisors is to focus on their own city. If it's a democratic system, why don't they put in the ballot to see if the citizens of San Francisco want to waste their taxpayer money for building foreign monument when they have other problems that they should focus on. Let federal government focus on the foreign policy.
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 02:15PM JST
Every country has atrocities. What about a memorial in San Francisco for the Japanese American's sent to concentration camps? What about over 500,000 Iraqi people, mostly civilians that died in the last decade? I don't think any of the comfort women came from the U.S., so why is it so important? Eric Mar, a San Francisco board of supervisor, a Chinese-American is really looks like a play for Chinese and Korean votes in the future. He should focus on the homeless and what the real problem in the city and leave foreign countries out of it. That's not his job. There are plenty of memorials we can set up from all the countries for our mistakes and lives lost. How many memorials do you want?
South Korea seems very ungrateful for Japan's assistance. Japan really helped South Korea in economic development. Of the total ODA to South Korea from1962 to 1987, which amounted to over $4 billion, and Japan accounted for majority of the total compare to rest of the world. Without Japan, South Korea would've struggled in their economic growth.
sfjp330Sep. 20, 2015 - 06:42AM JST
Kazuaki Shimazaki SEP. 20, 2015 - 12:58AM JST If you accept that the US won't help Japan, then you could be right that collective agreement with America is nothing but a risk and waste. However, if you accept that, then Japan will have to really think about what to do about its own security. It may have to quadruple defense expenditures because it cannot use computations that assume the US will help her.
The post war U.S.-Japan security treaty has been based on a grand bargain by which Japan agreed to provide bases for the U.S. to project its power into the rest of Asia, and beyond, in return for an American guarantee of Japan’s security. Things change. Abe and other leaders recognize that Japan cannot expect the U.S. to put its young men in harms way to help protect Japan, while Japan doesn’t make a contribution of its own. The new security legislation recognize that this postwar constitution no longer suffices, and Japan must do more. There is a real fear that U.S. will be weaker. This creates a dangerous security situation for Japan. But one consequence of the China security threat is agreement in Japan that no security policy is available that does not involve an close alliance with the U.S.
Abe should be writing a thank you note to Xi Jinping. The Chinese have been doing everything in their power to strengthen the right-wing in Japan, to convince Japanese that China is a threat, whether it is in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands or offensive actions in the air defense zone declared by China. They are bashing the Japanese left and right, trying to get British and U.S. allies lined up in criticism against Japan. All of this has undermined any support and positive attitudes about China in Japan.
Posted in: Opponents vow to fight new security legislation
sfjp330Sep. 20, 2015 - 06:04AM JST
ApoliticalSEP. 19, 2015 - 06:00PM JST Russia is in a better situation than China because there hasn't been a strong anti-Russian propaganda in Japan. I wouldn't expect much from this. Just a bunch of reassuring lies.
For Russia, sanctions, low oil prices and a weak ruble have taken their toll. The oil and natural gas price which accounts for two-thirds of their revenue is the main problem causing substantial decease in their GDP. China is unlikely to be the economic savior Russia needs. Maybe Russia needs to improve relations with Japan. China cannot even begin to make up for Russia's lost access to European capital markets and investment needed to diversify the economy and boost productivity. Trade between China and Russia was worth about $90 billion last year. By comparison, Russia's trade with the EU was more than five times that amount. Russia is in a worst situation.
sfjp330Sep. 18, 2015 - 03:19PM JST
There is no shame in giving people what they want, and doing something that's tried and tested. Three decades after her Like a Virgin tour, Madonna is up for another world tour this year and, she's fit enough to put on a spectacular show.
Posted in: Madonna to perform in Japan for first time in 10 years
sfjp330Sep. 18, 2015 - 03:09PM JST
The Abe government has shown no concern for the Japanese people. Abe is attempting to evade the Constitution by ramming the security bills through the Diet without the constitutionally mandated process for a constitutional revision (Art. 96) requiring a two-third majority of both houses of parliament and a majority support from the people in a special referendum. With Japan's growing poverty, aging population and national debt, these security bills, if passed, will likely lead to greater insecurity. Abe should observe the principle of rule of democratic law at home.
Posted in: Gov't, opposition parties battle it out over security bills
sfjp330Sep. 16, 2015 - 03:50AM JST
The problem with large quantities of refugees is that they frequently do not wish to adopt the rules and governance of their new country nor contribute to its overall welfare. The question of evaluating what the contribution of the Syrian refugees might be is properly with the Japanese. At the moment, they consider it negative. Perhaps that can change in time. The bottom line is that the Islamic world should take Islamic refugees. It just makes the best sense.
Posted in: Japan announces changes to refugee system
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2015 - 09:18AM JST
gaihonjin SEP. 15, 2015 - 08:58AM JST Okinawa is part of the nation of Japan, so how could it be occupation? The national government gets to decide how to protect the nation, not local governments. That's the same in any country.
There is a difference between government and the will of the people. The base will be built because both governments want it built. But there should be a way to take the burden off of people of Okinawa who have suffered so much at the hands of both Japanese and Americans.
Posted in: Okinawan governor to revoke permit for U.S. base relocation work
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2015 - 08:27AM JST
If Abe’s party changes the constitution in the ways that it wants, Japan might move more toward intolerant government and away from human rights. Most people in the West hear only about one piece of Japanese constitutional change, the revision of Article 9 of the current constitution, which forbids Japan from having a military. The focus on the military issue has drawn attention away from the impact of the draft constitution that would deal to the freedom of the Japanese people. Majority of Japanese people opposed a recent “government secrets” law passed by Abe’s government. And they also oppose the LDPs attempt to ease the procedures for constitutional revision. The risk is that the Japanese people might be fooled into signing away their own freedoms and ignore the replacement of human rights with "obligations." It doesn't help that Japan’s opposition parties are weak, divided and mostly incompetent.
Posted in: Thousands protest outside Diet against security bills
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2015 - 08:00AM JST
Fifth prime minister in eight years? Turnbull does not have the ability to revive the economy as mining slows. Every time the Chinese economy slows down, the Australian economy slows, maybe even faster? There must be a multiplier effect the mining industry has on the Australian economy that gives it so much weight during downturns. Australia without diversification is too dependent on the fortunes of another sovereign state. The recession may be imminent as they are in the slowest pace in recent times. Advantage for Turnbull is that he has much stronger ties with the business community than Abbott, especially when investment are in fragile state and falling away sharply. Even with the change, very few people in the business community believe that government will achieve much progress, and the confidence is struggling.
Posted in: Australian prime minister ousted in internal party challenge
sfjp330Sep. 14, 2015 - 04:20AM JST
Like any new technology, autonomous braking will develop problems in real-world driving that can't be found in testing by automakers. In the recent recalled vehicles, such as Acura SUV's and Jeep Grand Cherokee, the system can become confused and step on the brakes when it detects another vehicle accelerating in front while simultaneously driving along an iron fence or metal guardrail. Acura duplicated the problem, figured out the cause and told safety regulators of the recall. It's an important step toward self-driving vehicles in reducing crashes and highway deaths because it can react faster than humans.
Posted in: Automakers commit to put automatic brakes in all cars
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2015 - 04:49PM JST
katsu78 SEP. 13, 2015 - 04:40PM JST and where there's no guarantee of law enforcement in case your neighbor decides to take your stuff or you know, rape you.
Experience has shown how refugees have never been a burden or a threat to the host countries. In fact refugees have shown extraordinary resilience and creativity in inventing sustainable livelihoods for themselves.
Posted in: 10,000 migrants flood into Germany
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2015 - 04:22PM JST
YubaruS EP. 13, 2015 - 04:12PM JST Now you really put your foot in your mouth Before talking like you "know" do a little research and you'll save yourself some embarrassment.
When you have half the U.S. bases of Japan in little Okinawa, there is a problem. I know you don't understand.
Posted in: Gov't resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2015 - 04:04PM JST
Yubaru SEP. 13, 2015 - 04:01PM JST The authorities in the PI better be prepared for the potential for the same thing to happen to illegals from the PI here in Japan.
Go head with hard line approach to Philippines. Do you really think Abe really wants to have diplomatic confrontation with Philippines, when you have problem with China? Japan will end up with no friends in the Pacific Rim.
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2015 - 04:01PM JST
Gov. Onaga and people in Okinawa wants to transfer the problem of US military bases elsewhere, specifically from Okinawa to the rest of Japan or elsewhere. Even though it is the Japanese government that desires U.S. military bases, there is not a single example anywhere in Japan where residential areas are burdened by bases and civilians live adjacent to shooting range and runways as there is in Okinawa. If the J-government desires the US-Japan Security Treaty along with the stationing of the U.S. military, that is fine. If the purpose of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty is to protect the peace of all Japanese nationals, then it is only natural that this is recognized by having the burden of the treaty shared by the entire people of Japan. Every Japanese person, whether of a rightist or leftist beliefs shares the same benefits that result from forcing U.S. military bases onto Okinawans. Are these people in Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, or Hokkaido not guilty when they oppose relocation of U.S. military bases to Japan, thereby protecting their own interests?
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Oct. 04, 2015 - 04:28PM JST
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Oct. 04, 2015 - 04:19PM JST
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Oct. 04, 2015 - 04:13PM JST
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Oct. 04, 2015 - 04:10PM JST
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