Abe: Global Economic Stability Depends On Mideast

Abe: Global economic stability depends on Mideast

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his country will do its utmost to bring about peace and stability in the Middle East. He made the comment during a news conference in New York after meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Abe said, "Japan, along with the international community, strongly condemns the attacks on the oil facilities. I am deeply concerned about the worsening situation in the Middle East. The stability of the global economy is dependent on the peace and stability of this region."

Abe Says G7 Leaders Focused On Global Economy

Abe says G7 leaders focused on global economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says one of the main topics at the Group of Seven summit was the increasing uncertainty over the future of the global economy.

"With regard to the downside risks, we have agreed that we need to work together to carry out prompt and thorough measures to support the global economy," Abe said.

Abe Stresses Commitment To Global Growth

Abe stresses commitment to global growth

Leaders at the G20 summit have wrapped up their 2-day meeting with a joint declaration. As the summit chair, Japan's prime minister hailed the efforts of national heads to work together toward global growth and confront risks to prosperity.

The meeting took place amid growing protectionist sentiment in the US and some other countries.

An Okinawa University Ranks In Global Top-ten

An Okinawa university ranks in global top-ten

The British science journal Nature has ranked a university in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa in the top ten of institutions with the highest output of top-quality research in the natural sciences.

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was ranked tenth globally and number one in Japan.

Honda Will Launch New Global Platform, Heavily Slash Trim Variants

Honda will launch new global platform, heavily slash trim variants

Along with Honda's announcement of the Honda E electric city car's production name, CEO Takahiro Hachigo today revealed a smattering of other initiatives and plans for Honda's future. Perhaps the most intriguing is a new vehicle platform to be announced next year with a "global model." It will be called Honda Architecture, and Honda says it's going to increase development efficiency and expand parts-sharing between models built on the platform. What Honda didn't tell us was what model we'll see on the platform first. Since the vehicle will be introduced next year, we expect it to be for the 2021 model year. It's tough to say which vehicle will be getting this platform first, as Honda has many global models: Civic, Accord, CR-V, Fit and HR-V.

The Accord and CR-V are both already loosely based on the Civic's platform, so where that car goes, the others will follow and vice-versa. The HR-V is a Fit-based crossover, but the new Fit was announced to be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall — this means it can't be the car using the new platform, since Honda says the "Honda Architecture" is coming to a model announced in 2020. Honda also said this new Fit will be getting a next-generation version of its i-MMD hybrid system. We expect absolutely stellar fuel economy from a hybridized Fit — you can check out the next-gen Fit in spy photos here.

Subaru Plans Biggest-ever Global Recall Over Brake Lights

Subaru plans biggest-ever global recall over brake lights

TOKYO — Subaru Corp plans to recall around 2.3 million vehicles globally over a brake light problem, in what would be the automaker's biggest-ever recall as it grapples with a series of quality-related issues following rapid expansion. Japan's sixth-largest automaker told Reuters on Friday that it was recalling nearly 2 million of its popular Impreza and Forester models in the United States, its biggest market, and other countries, along with around 300,000 units in Japan to fix a fault with the brake light switch which can lead to ignition problems. Vehicles affected were produced from 2008 through 2017. If all of the identified vehicles are recalled, it would be the automaker's biggest in terms of affected units, excluding the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Since late 2017, Subaru has been reeling from a host of problems ranging from faulty components to inspection re-dos which, coupled with weakening sales in the United States, has forced the automaker to slash its full-year profit outlook to its weakest in six years. Quality-related issues have cast a pall on the automaker which enjoyed years of rapid growth in the United States, where it won over affluent and liberal-minded consumers with advertisements featuring slogans championing love and inclusion. Such branding boosted the image of the relatively tiny automaker, prompting it to ramp up production in the United States, which accounts for around 60 percent of its global sales volume. But in January, Subaru halted production at its sole car factory in Japan for nearly two weeks, holding up roughly 60 percent of its global output after it found a defect in a power steering component. Late last year, it announced a global recall of its signature boxer engines over an issue with its valve springs, while it has launched a series of domestic recalls for re-inspections after it admitted to cheating on testing processes.

Hmd Global Shares Roadmap For Android Pie Update For Its Nokia Phones

HMD Global Shares Roadmap For Android Pie Update For Its Nokia Phones

The problem with Android updates is that unless you own a Pixel handset, if and when the latest Android update is released for your device is really anyone’s guess. Some manufacturers are faster than others, but once again it isn’t exactly predictable. However HMD Global wants to take out some of the guesswork involved.

The company’s chief product officer Juho Sarvikas recently shared an image on Twitter where it basically laid out the roadmap for the company’s plans to update their Nokia handsets to Android Pie. It lists devices that have already received the update, as well as devices that are due to receive the update.