Exclusive: Japan eased safety standards ahead of Boeing 787 rollout

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Inspections by ground crew after each landing is not needed? Is this a joke? Computer on board can’t detected every malfunction that might happen. Especially, if the malfunction is the computer board itself. Japan shouldn’t lower a safety regulation when lives is at stake.

一月 28, 2013 4:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
tatman wrote:

“I believe the request for the changes came initially from the airlines. Ultimately, it was a discussion of measures to lower operating costs for the airlines”

this is an abomination. airlines are fleecing the public through fee upon fee upon fee upon fee, all the while reducing safety measures and maintenance — all to pad profit. this is criminal negligence. plain and simple.

一月 28, 2013 6:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
TomMariner wrote:

The headline and the article intimate / suggest that the aircraft regulatory agents eased off on vital regulations because of influence from big business Japanese airlines. That is pure junk no matter if it is “exclusive” or not.

Regulations in every country are written to protect their citizens. We are a company in a regulated industry and no amount of political or financial pressure that would make anybody from the agency head to the individual auditor to be anything but brutally tough. And every one of them insist on one thing — from the moment a device is conceived, the prime consideration is SAFETY.

If you have evidence of back room dealings where officials abandon their responsibility, let’s see them, but failing that, save your speculation for the latest starlet and her director.

一月 28, 2013 7:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

Japanese support for this aircraft will eventually be vindicated, but it is to be hoped that the support does not include shortcuts getting it back in service. For example, all attention seems to be focused on the batteries and their ancillary equipment, which may be enough for the aircraft which have not suffered fires. For those which have, IMO each entire aircraft needs inspection, because Lithium-ion battery fires produce extremely corrosive smoke, which could cripple vital avionics.

一月 28, 2013 8:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

Bottom line … lax regulations are bad for business, and increase risk to citizens.

一月 28, 2013 11:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

They ask for it they got it Toyota.

一月 28, 2013 11:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
TomKi wrote:

So, shall we call this commercial aircraft the Boeing-Mitsubishi 707 from now on? Of course, the ’0′ refers to the famous Zero, a superb fighter but with a slight flaw – one little bullet hit and it can blow up. The parallel is uncanny.

Joke aside, perhaps Japan aerospace industry should start development of its very own 200 passenger commercial aircraft? After all, it practically make the entire frame of the 787. Add cockpit & engines ( everybody buy these) and it’s a go. It can install its most secret lithium-ion battery, one that won’t melt.

一月 28, 2013 1:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
blah77 wrote:

Glad to see that we are not the only developed nation that is willing to exchange consumer safety and interest for corporate convenience and profitability. Stories like this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Spoken like a true layman. Japan (like the U.S.) has powerful business lobby groups and its modern protectionist history has been around since we started rebuilding their economy following WW2. Airlines aside, the following Japanese industries also enjoy various forms of political ‘assistance’.

Automotive: While heavy tariff on foreign imports is not imposed, the government often use the restriction/entry barriers method instead. Special inspections, complex distribution system, consumption taxation, just to name a few examples.
Farming: The Japanese farmers extremely organized and well represented by their Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Much like our own agricultural industry, theirs is also heavily subsidized with restrictive regulatory barriers placed on competing imports, particularly when it comes to rice.
Fishing: Another direct MAFF beneficiary. The much publicized ‘whale wars’ aside, Japanese fishing industry has been ignoring the blufin tuna quota for years with barely a sound from the government.

While Japanse corporate cronyism has seen a reduction during the last 20 years, let’s not pretend that their government is free of significant corporation influence.

一月 28, 2013 3:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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