Monday, February 8, 2010

Toyota and Military Bases in Japan

The recent media crackdown on Toyota is a bit suspicious given that it comes at the same time Japan's new government is considering whether to force the U.S. military off of Okinawa. Toyota's problems have been known for years, but it is only now that the U.S. government is getting involved with serious investigation. And with that, the U.S. media is starting to pile on.

Toyota and Japanese exporters need the US market, and negative publicity like this could damage the entire Japan brand.

1'Toyota Recall Fails to Address 'Root Cause' of Many Sudden Acceleration Cases, Safety Expert Says' - ABC, Rhee
2'LaHood: Toyota Resisted Safety Fix' - CBS News
3'U.S. ambassador stresses need for troops on Okinawa' - Stars and Stripes; Weaver

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