Motegi Promises Careful Explanation On Wastewater

Motegi promises careful explanation on wastewater

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says the government will clearly explain its plans for disposing of radioactive wastewater building up at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Motegi made the comment after South Korea and Japan expressed opposing views on treatment of the wastewater at a general meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna on Monday.

Honda's Innovative Airbag Promises Increased Front Passenger Safety

Honda's Innovative Airbag Promises Increased Front Passenger Safety

Honda has announced that it is working on a new passenger airbag technology designed to better protect occupants in the event of a frontal collision, which is particularly beneficial in the event of an angled crash between vehicles, or a vehicle and another object. Development and testing was led by Honda R&D Americas engineers in Ohio, in partnership with Autoliv.

Abe: S.korea Should Keep Its Promises

Abe: S.Korea should keep its promises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on South Korea to keep its promises, including a post-World War Two bilateral agreement.

Abe made the comment on Friday, following South Korea's announcement of its decision to terminate an intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries.

Abe Urges S.korea To Uphold Promises

Abe urges S.Korea to uphold promises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants South Korea to uphold promises that form the basis of relations between the two countries.

Abe spoke to reporters in Hiroshima City on Tuesday about the countries' deteriorating ties.

Komeito Unveils Campaign Promises

Komeito unveils campaign promises

Ruling coalition partner Komeito has announced its platform for the Upper House election, set to take place in late July. The party's pledges include slashing allowances paid to Diet members and raising the average national minimum wage.

Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi gave a news conference on Wednesday. He said Komeito's campaign slogan would tout the party's "ability to listen to small voices."

Toyota Promises A Next-generation Land Cruiser Is On Its Way

Toyota promises a next-generation Land Cruiser is on its way

On sale since the 2008 model year and facelifted twice in the interim, the Toyota Land Cruiser has lately begun rolling out the special editions. Last year we got the 2019 Lexus LX Inspiration, this year we got the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition. This likely means a changing of the model guard is close, the 300-Series Land Cruiser on the horizon to replace the current 200-Series. When Motor Authority asked Toyota SVP Bill Fay about the U.S. getting the next generation, Fay replied, "We are fully committed to the Land Cruiser for the foreseeable future."

The reason for the question could have been Land Cruiser sales figures for the past 14 years, when the model never cleared 5,000 units. The swankier Lexus LX sibling sells in greater numbers, but even lumping the two trucks, they've crested 10,000 sales just twice since 2005. On top of that, two of the largest regional markets for the Land Cruiser are Australia and the Middle East, which have different regulatory regimes, and the 2019 Highlander has a three-row option.

The Mazda6 Diesel Is Coming, Too, Mazda Promises (again)

The Mazda6 diesel is coming, too, Mazda promises (again)

As we noted our piece earlier today about the CX-5 diesel, we've been waiting for Mazda to bring its Skyactiv-D engines to market for years. Tripped up by an emissions certification nightmare that caused delays and resulted in lackluster power and fuel economy numbers, they're late to the party. In the CX-5 diesel, it's also a questionable proposition at almost $4,000 more than the much more powerful CX-5 Turbo. But today, Mazda's U.S. president confirmed to Autoblog that the diesel engine would make its way into the 6.

Like the CX-5, it'll only be offered with all-wheel drive and only on the top Signature trim level. Unlike the CX-5 diesel, which goes on sale in July, we don't know when the Skyactiv-D-powered 6 will go on sale. But it seems like later this year is a good bet. How much longer can Mazda wait, really, once the CX-5 diesel is on sale?

Kono Calls On S.korea To Respect Intl. Promises

Kono calls on S.Korea to respect intl. promises

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono called on South Korea to honor its international pledges, in his foreign policy speech to the Diet on Monday.

Kono urged South Korea to keep its international promises, including its agreement with Japan to settle the issue of rights to claim, as well as the agreement to settle the issue of those referred to as wartime comfort women.