Ryan Beene
For Ryan Beene's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A Boeing 737 Max 9 plane that lost part of its fuselage midair is parked at Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced it had opened an investigation into whether Boeing failed to ensure that the plane was safe and conformed to the design approved by the agency.
Jan 12, 2024
Boeing faces U.S. safety probe over 737 midair blowout
The investigation stems from a midair blowout of a so-called door plug on a 737 Max 9 jet operated by Alaska Airlines on Jan. 5.
PFAS substances can be found in firefighter foam, outdoor gear, artificial turf, medical equipment and countless other products.
Oct 21, 2023
‘Forever chemical’ bans face hard truth: Many can’t be replaced
As lawmakers around the world weigh bans of "forever chemicals,” many manufacturers are pushing back, saying there often is no substitute.
An Airbus A350 XWB passenger aircraft on the final assembly line at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 1, 2023
Fake spare parts were supplied to fix top-selling jet engine
The spread of undocumented or potentially faked parts into the engine supply chain is rare and treated with utmost urgency in the industry.
Aug 30, 2023
3M to pay $6 billion to settle military earplug lawsuits
The company will pay $5 billion in cash and $1 billion in 3M common stock under the terms of the agreement
The 3M global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota. The multinational conglomerate has tentatively agreed to pay more than $5.5 billion to resolve over 300,000 lawsuits claiming it sold the U.S. military defective combat earplugs.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 29, 2023
3M to pay more than $5.5 billion over faulty combat earplugs
Current and former service members allege 3M knew its earplugs were too short to work effectively and that it failed to warn the U.S. government or users.
Japan Times
Feb 1, 2022
Boeing wins blockbuster Qatar Air order, dealing blow to Airbus
The order bolsters Boeingu2019s strength in air freighters as Airbus, which is locked in a bitter feud with Qatar Air, tries to muscle into the market.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2021
Breakups usher in a new era of corporate conglomerates
Activists and corporate governance advocates cheered splits by GE, J&J and Toshiba, but tech firms have been driving unrelated transactions, creating what are called "neoconglomerates.u201d
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2021
Twitter has spoken: Elon Musk should sell $21 billion Tesla stake
A majority of 3.5 million Twitter users u2014 58% u2014 said theyu2019d support a sale in a Twitter poll that Musk launched Saturday.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2020
11 flyers amid a sea of seats: Airlines' woes dwarf U.S. aid
Miguel Diaz's JetBlue flight from New York to Orlando cost just $79 with a checked bag and was nearly empty. The 11 passengers each had a row of seats to themselves, spaced at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart to maintain social distancing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 25, 2017
Takata bankruptcy filing might put auto industry's biggest recall at risk
The expected bankruptcy of troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. isnu2019t just a crisis for its employees and suppliers u2014 it also throws a wild card into one of the most complicated recalls in automotive history.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves