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System under stress at Toyota
Japan Times ^ | 09/13/08 | YURI KAGEYAMA

Posted on 02/26/2010 4:19:10 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

System under stress at Toyota

Criticism is surfacing about the potential social costs of the carmaker's labor practices

By YURI KAGEYAMA

The Associated Press

TOYOTA, Aichi Pref. (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. has long boasted a stellar reputation for super-efficient production that has become the lore of countless business success books.

Past and present: Hiroko Uchino, the widow of Toyota Motor Corp. employee Kenichi Uchino, who died of overwork, is seen with a family photo at her house in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, in July. AP PHOTO

But recently, criticism is starting to surface in Japan about the potential social costs of the company's prized — and virtually uncriticized — labor practices.

Over the past year, the deaths of two Toyota employees were determined by law to have been caused by overwork.

Then in June, a downtown Tokyo stabbing spree by a disgruntled worker at a Toyota subsidiary stunned Japan. The vehicle and knife rampage, which left seven dead, prompted further public scrutiny of the leading automaker. Some questioned whether its aggressive cost cuts were putting a stressful squeeze on its employees.

(Excerpt) Read more at search.japantimes.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automakers; labor; management; toyota

1 posted on 02/26/2010 4:19:10 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7; ...

P!


2 posted on 02/26/2010 4:19:48 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

More bad mouthing from the propoganda arm of the owners of Government Motors.


3 posted on 02/26/2010 4:20:28 PM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Mr. K
More in the disinformation/misdirection campaign by Union thugs who are trying to feast on the carcass of Toyota. The Union is trying to get their meat hooks into Toyota having now devoured GM and Chrysler. They are insatiable.
4 posted on 02/26/2010 4:23:22 PM PST by Obadiah (Democrats and their life partners, the MSM)
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To: Mr. K

and no report by the drive-by’s on Gubmint’ Motors execs getting bonuses which they do not deserve.


5 posted on 02/26/2010 4:26:05 PM PST by max americana
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If I were in the market for a new car, I would be buying a Toyota.....just my way of say “f” U......


6 posted on 02/26/2010 4:26:30 PM PST by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hope the CEO does not commit hari kiri.


7 posted on 02/26/2010 4:27:13 PM PST by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If only Toyota had unions.. /sarc


8 posted on 02/26/2010 4:27:32 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I think that Toyota may have made a mistake in removing the mechanical link entirely from some of its cars and going wholly “fly by wire.” That said, it is an exceptionally well-run, very large company that produces quality products.

An intermittent electronic bug—a hypothetical one at that—is devilishly hard to believe in, and devilishly hard to find. So, they’ve got a problem.

The US government is doing show trial type hearings, hoping to benefit, not GM the company, but the unions that now own it.


9 posted on 02/26/2010 4:32:53 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s looking like it’s time to visit our Toyota dealer, I’m sure I can get reasonable price on one right about now.


10 posted on 02/26/2010 4:39:05 PM PST by SZonian (There are times when we have to tell loved ones truths that hurt. We do so because we care for them.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Toyota may have made a mistake in removing the mechanical link entirely from some of its cars and going wholly “fly by wire.”

I agree. Not just Toyota but other car companies as well. Reports about sudden acceleration and other kinds of loss of control had been made by drivers of various model of cars from different companies. Perhaps ensuring proper functioning of fly-by-wire system is either more expensive or requiring more technical improvement.

11 posted on 02/26/2010 4:41:44 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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To: luvbach1
“Hope the CEO does not commit hari kiri.”

Doubtful. That honor was reserved for Japanese captains in the IJN who ran their ships aground.

12 posted on 02/26/2010 4:43:37 PM PST by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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To: Polynikes

Well, Japan actually has a high suicide rate, because it’s sometimes actually considered the “morally responsible” thing to do.

So yes, the culture remains, even though Hara Kiri is no longer practiced.


13 posted on 02/26/2010 4:47:48 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: TigerLikesRooster

BS meter, please.


14 posted on 02/26/2010 4:50:35 PM PST by dr_who
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To: mylife
“If only Toyota had unions.. /sarc”

In Japan it does.

15 posted on 02/26/2010 5:00:27 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221

I was unaware of that.


16 posted on 02/26/2010 5:03:49 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
I think that Toyota may have made a mistake in removing the mechanical link entirely from some of its cars and going wholly “fly by wire.” That said, it is an exceptionally well-run, very large company that produces quality products.

My 2000 VW GTI was all "fly by wire". Enough to drive one crazy till you got used to it. And the way they programmed it was if the brake and the gas were pressed at the same time a fuel cutoff kicked in. No more power braking.

17 posted on 02/26/2010 5:25:51 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Bring out yer dead! Bring out your dead!" - Cries of a Navy Corpseman)
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To: Kimmers
If I were in the market for a new car, I would be buying a Toyota.....just my way of say “f” U.

I've had mine for 5 years and love it, if it dies before I do, I'll buy another because it is an excellent vehicle.

18 posted on 02/26/2010 5:43:06 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("0bama's not just stupid; He’s Jimmy Carter stupid”. - Don Imus)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Anyone interested in this I’d advise to Google “Unions Pressure Toyota” and look at the timeline relative to this news commotion.


19 posted on 02/26/2010 6:06:12 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: Graybeard58

I agree they are great cars....everyone that has them loves them.....


20 posted on 02/26/2010 6:13:40 PM PST by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Who knew Japan Times was a GM union org? Man, I’m am SICK of people on here defending Toyota at all costs even though they’ve been smelling up the car market for years now.


21 posted on 02/26/2010 6:15:32 PM PST by Tolsti2
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22 posted on 02/26/2010 6:16:48 PM PST by NewLand (Pray for President Obama...Psalm 109:8)
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To: Graybeard58

5 years? A Missionary friend has a 1992 Tercel which is still going strong and gets 40mpg. Only put about 450.- in it over 7 years and about 50k miles. To God be the glory.


23 posted on 02/26/2010 6:57:52 PM PST by daniel1212 ("Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved")
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To: MetaThought
I always thought it ironic that Japans’ suicide rate is through the roof compared to the US insomuch as Japan is touted by gun control advocates as a “gun free” society and thereby much more “safe”. Dead is dead whether it is by gun or rope or whatever the reason.
24 posted on 02/26/2010 7:01:26 PM PST by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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I found this today, but I have no idea how to post an article correctly. Can someone post this?

http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/feb2010/bw20100225_403524.htm

Very interesting article that mirrors common sense even to us folks who are not engineers.


25 posted on 02/26/2010 7:28:54 PM PST by freeperkiki
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To: freeperkiki

Great article. You posted the link which is fine.


26 posted on 02/26/2010 7:46:27 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: NewLand

Thanks!


27 posted on 02/27/2010 6:08:37 PM PST by dr_who
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