Cultural Observations

Spotted this story on the Forbes website,  about the up-coming visit to DC by the Minister of transport, Seiji Maehara, who has said and will carry the message to the U.S. government that Toyota has 'learned its lesson'


Two things strike me here. One cultural in that this is very much like Japanese parents going in to apologize for the misdeeds of their children.  One can argue till the cows come home about how good/detrimental this is, but to me, a large multinational corporation doesn't need 'parents' going  to DC to make apologies for it.


Second, wonder if the minister's remarks  will actually add fuel to the fire, assuming people catch on,  in saying that Toyota acted promptly on the Consumer Reports branding of the Lexus as do not buy because,  "Consumer Reports is respected and objective and so the recall came immediately," – and NHTSA/DOT is  doing the bidding of the Detroit automakers thus not 'respected or objective?!


Seems like someone in Japan still suffers from a case of red herrings.

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7 Responses to Cultural Observations

  1. Waterbaby says:

    Lordie, let the Japanese be who they are and do as they do. Appreciate it within their cultural context. Equating the minister dispatch as "sending parents" is only your interpretation. What would you have the Japanese do instead? It shows more class than what America would do were the tables reversed.

  2. An Ex-Expat says:

    The company in question should come out front and center and tell the wortld it has learned its lesson instead of by proxy through the Japanese government. Its called owning up, and transends culture.

  3. Waterbaby says:

    Nope. You're thinking like a Westerner.

  4. An Ex-Expat says:

    Yep, and if that's the business enviroment the company in question wishes to operate in and be looked on with respect, thems the rules.

    And unless I really missed the memo, I don;t recall anyone holding Union Carbide's hand after the Bohpal disaster

  5. Waterbaby says:

    Japan will do as it does, missteps and all. It's not your call. It's silly to draw comparisons between India and Japan and expect one to behave like the other.

  6. An Ex-Expat says:

    To clarify: I don't recall the U.S. government holding Union Carbide's hand after Bohpal.

  7. Waterbaby says:

    The response is unchanged. It's silly to expect one culture to behave like another.

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