In Japan, the Toyota recall saga is seen overwhelmingly as an American attack on a Japanese corporation — a perception strengthened vastly, though I don’t think accurately, by the fact that the US government is the main owner of the country’s biggest automaker.
In fact, though, there are many states and regions in the US — many in the South and border states — where Toyota is the ‘company’ in the company town just as much as GM and Ford are in Detroit. And quite a few politicians in Congress have deep ties to the company. In other words, Toyota has sunk deep roots in the USA, both economically and politically.
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