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Mitsubishi Motors didn’t test to get data

Mitsubishi Motors manipulated fuel economy data on additional vehicle models.
They visited the automaker’s facility in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. The move follows revelations on Wednesday that Mitsubishi staff manipulated the data on 4 models affecting 625,000 units sold.
Investigators found the carmaker repeatedly measured air and tire resistance in a way not compliant with the Japanese regulations to gauge fuel economy.
They were able to confirm only 3 of about 30 models marketed by the carmaker since 2002 complied with regulations.
Mitsubishi Motors used test data of running resistance from other models to make the fuel economy of mini-vehicles look better.
Company executives revealed on Wednesday that its employees fabricated fuel consumption data for 625,000 units of 4 models. Officials from the transport ministry inspected the firm’s facility in central Japan to look into the matter.
The inspectors found that Mitsubishi Motors faked data on running resistance of vehicles. The resistance comes from rolling resistance mainly generated by tires and air resistance. Auto firms can improve fuel economy data if they obtain lower resistance values.
The officials discovered that workers who got large resistance figures replaced them with smaller ones obtained from other models. The inspectors found that Mitsubishi Motors repeatedly submitted forged data to regulators for 2 years through last year.
During Wednesday’s news conference, a company official explained that engineers picked lower data on resistance, instead of adopting median figures as they were supposed to.
Mitsubishi says the then-chief of its performance testing division admitted to ordering the data manipulation. But the company adds it is still verifying the official’s confession.
The transport ministry demanded that Mitsubishi present a detailed report by next Wednesday. Mitsubishi Motors failed to conduct running resistance tests and used calculated values to make the fuel economy of mini-vehicles look better.
Transport ministry officials have found that Mitsubishi faked data on running resistance of vehicles. The resistance is mainly generated by friction between tires and road as well as wind pressure. Auto companies can improve fuel economy data if they obtain lower resistance values.
The companies get the figures by determining the interval from when the accelerator is released until when the speed decreases to a specified level. But workers at Mitsubishi calculated values without measuring the interval.
The workers made the values look like the results of actual testing and submitted them to regulators.
Mitsubishi says the then-chief of its performance testing division admitted to ordering the data manipulation. But the wrongdoing continued after the executive moved to another position.
The transport ministry demands that Mitsubishi present a detailed report by next Wednesday.Report NHK News 

Panasonic restructuring up sales efforts in Africa

Japanese electric appliance maker Panasonic is restructuring up its sales offensive in Africa with an eye to the region’s growth potential.
The company set up a new sales subsidiary in South Africa this month to tap into its growing number of middle-income consumers.
It held an event on Thursday to display its broad range of products, from home appliances to business equipment. The show in the country’s largest city of Johannesburg attracted 400 people, including retailers and electronics shop owners.
Panasonic officials say they are targeting young people in particular. Audio products and mobile phones attracted a lot of attention at the show.
The managing director of the new local subsidiary, Hiroshi Maeda, says he hopes Panasonic sales will develop as the African market grows in the mid- to long-term.
Africa’s economic growth is losing some steam in the face of lower commodity prices and China’s slowdown. But businesses around the globe are still setting their sights on Africa and its population of more than one billion. The continent is often regarded as the last major untapped market.

German carmakers to recall 630,000 diesel vehicles

Five German carmakers have decided to recall 630,000 vehicles in Europe to fix diesel emissions management software, said German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt on Friday.
Companies affected are Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, according to Dobrindt.
The move was voluntarily agreed by carmakers in order to fix software which shuts down emission controls at certain temperatures to protect the engine, he said. Although the technology is legal, a German probe on 53 car models found that the temperature thresholds at which the emissions controls were switched off in some models were not justified.
Dobrindt said no car was found to use the same kind of cheating software which Volkswagen used to manipulate emissions in testing.
The probe was conducted by Federal Motor Transport Authority shortly after the revelation of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal last year.
On Friday, Volkswagen said it had set aside 16.2 billion euros (18.21 billion U.S. dollars) in provisions to cover technical modifications costs and customer-related measures as well as global legal risks. Xen hua

Obama calls on Britons to stay in EU

Barack Obama on Friday appealed to the British to stay in the European Union (EU), warning that Britain would “go to the back of the queue” to strike a bilateral free trade deal with the United States if Brexit proponents win the June 23 referendum.
Standing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Foreign Office in London, Obama spoke of the impact of an “out” vote in Britain’s national referendum on continued membership in the EU.
“If one of our best friends is in an organization that enhances their power, enhances their economy … I want them to stay in it,” said Obama.
Talking about a possible bilateral free trade deal between the United States and Britain if Britons vote to withdraw from the EU, Obama said the United States prioritizes negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the EU instead of bilateral trade with a single European country.
“I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-U.S. trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done. The UK is going to be in the back of the queue,” Obama said.
“Right now, I’ve got access to a massive market, where I sell 44 percent of my exports. And now, I’m thinking about leaving the organization that gives me access to that market, and that is responsible for millions of jobs in my country and responsible for an enormous amount of commerce and upon which a lot of businesses depend, that is not something I would probably do,” Obama said.
Cameron, who is leading the “Remain” campaign, defended Obama’s right to voice his opinion on Britain’s choice. “I think it’s right to listen to, and consider, the views of your friends,” he said.
“When it comes to the special relationship between our countries, there’s no greater enthusiast than me … But I’ve never felt constrained in this relationship by the fact that we’re in the European Union,” the prime minister said.
In his previous remarks during the London trip, Obama argued that the EU magnifies Britain’s global influence, instead of moderating it.
“The EU has helped spread British values and practices — democracy, the rule of law, open markets — across the continent and to its periphery … As your friend, I tell you that the EU makes Britain even greater,” Obama wrote in The Daily Telegraph.
“A strong Europe is not a threat to Britain’s global leadership; it enhances Britain’s global leadership,” he added.
The president also stressed the important role Britain has been playing in the EU, saying Britain has made the bloc stronger.
“The United States sees how your powerful voice in Europe ensures that Europe takes a strong stance in the world, and keeps the EU open, outward-looking, and closely linked to its allies on the other side of the Atlantic,” Obama wrote.
He also candidly admitted that Britain’s EU membership is of “deep interest to the United States.”
“The path you choose now will echo in the prospects of today’s generation of Americans … The U.S. and the world need your outsized influence to continue — including within Europe,” he said.
Analysts believe Obama’s appeal might help the “Remain” camp, which currently has a 54-percent support rate as opposed to the 46 percent for “Leave.”
However, Obama’s bold move has also drawn strong criticism from Brexit campaigners, accusing him of intervening another country’s domestic affairs.
Brexit supporters accused the U.S. president of being guilty of “wanton double-standards,” saying that he was asking the British to do something he wouldn’t dream of asking Americans.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leading Eurosceptic, said it was “downright hypocritical” of the United States to intervene in Britain’s debate.
“For the United States to tell us in the UK that we must surrender control of so much of our democracy is a breathtaking example of the principle of do as I say, not as I do,” he wrote in The Sun.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab, another leading figure in the Leave campaign, said Britons should consider their own interests instead of the Americans’.
“He (Obama) argued that he thinks it is in America’s interests for the UK to stay in the EU, but what is good for U.S. politicians is not necessarily good for the British people,” Raab said.
Obama is paying a dual-purpose visit to his closest ally, offering personal greetings to Queen Elizabeth II for her 90th birthday, as well as trying to convince Britons not to leave the EU. Xenhua

Chad holds presidential elections on Sunday

Voting  in Chad on Sunday ,  Idriss Deby seeks power after 26-year rule. The elections are deemed crucial for the stability of the country, backed by the West in a war against Islamists.
There are 13 candidates running against President Idriss Deby is regarded as an important ally by the West in its efforts to defeat the Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram.
The 63-year-old Deby is expected to win a fifth term in office, but is facing unprecedented dissent against his rule. His government is cracking down on opposition activists and has banned protest marches throughout the country. Reports media


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