Toyota CEO expresses (some) regret
Long gone in Japan are the days of ritual disembowelment as an expression of apology and atonement for personal or business mistakes.
At a press conference this week, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, dodging questions about a cover-up at the company of data demonstrating that some of the company's vehicles may at times accelerate out of control (killing their occupants), expressed mild regret and gave a bow of apology that fell far short of Japan's most heartfelt expression of remorse.
Ah well, stuff happens.
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).