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.