U.S. is cast as villain in Japan — Los Angeles Times

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Some believe Toyota is treated unfairly by regulators and

Reporting from Seoul and Los — A series of aggressive federal into the recalls of Toyota are looking at whether the automaker has less than forthcoming the safety defects in some of its

But in Japan many believe the U.S. government that has to hide. Congressional hearings on the they say, are part of to help prop up Toyota’s American rival, General Co. which the government bailed out of last year, becoming the shareholder.

The evidence suggests and top Toyota executives have to debunk such speculation. so, the conspiracy theory on these hearings is alive and well in said Jeffrey Kingston, a at Temple University in Japan. theories don’t deal the facts, but there’s a comfort among the Japanese public in that Japan is being the scapegoat for U.S. economic

In the case of Toyota, however, the that it has been singled out for fails to take into that U.S. corporations come in for beatings by Congress with Wall Street being just the most examples.

And in granting GM and Chrysler of billions of dollars of aid, for years blamed the companies’ for poor management and lousy

What’s more, the National Traffic Safety Administration investigating reports of unintended in Toyota vehicles years the government took its controlling in GM and a 10% stake in the post-bankruptcy Chrysler Indeed, NHTSA is now under for not acting more quickly and forcefully in demanding that take action to address acceleration.

It’s not about it’s about safety, Kurt Bardella, spokesman for Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the minority on a House committee organized one of the Capitol Hill this week.

The view the House Oversight and Government Committee efforts to review safety defects and recalls to U.S. companies is idiotic that Issa was an ardent of the automaker bailouts, Bardella

Even Toyota’s president, Toyoda, and his top U.S. executive the notion when queried congressional hearings this

I don’t believe that’s I think the government’s acting Jim Lentz, Toyota’s top U.S. executive, told the House and Commerce subcommittee.

Lentz apologized for a series of missteps allowed the sudden-acceleration problem to go for years, ultimately leading to issue nearly 10 million notices and temporarily halt of eight models.

At least 34 have been blamed on acceleration in Toyota vehicles, to complaints filed with which the agency said is than all other automakers

Still, to some in Japan, the hearings are reminiscent of the anti-Japanese of the 1980s, when Japanese in high-profile properties such as the Center in New York set off a political

One Japanese customer, who bought her Toyota car in June but declined to her name, said she felt driving her Toyota. I think are being exaggerated in the U.S., she

Even some Japanese while acknowledging problems in handling of its recall, said thought Congress has been a bit too in its pursuit of a solution.

It does that emotions are a factor at hearings, said Masahiro manager of Fourin Inc. a and publishing company specializing in the industry.

Many Japanese see hearings as an effective way for the U.S. to up Toyota and allow General and Chrysler to recover and grab a share of the market, said Endo, an analyst at Advanced Japan, an independent research

While acknowledging the safety that prompted the recalls, in the United States also whether the passion with Congress has gone after during the hearings isn’t fueled by economic self-interest.

It be ignored, said Mark dean of the University of Rochester’s of Business. Zupan said if lawmakers applied the same to all auto companies, the hearings never end. This is not an jury.

Toyota has made worse by not addressing its problems aggressively, he said.

On Friday, information company Edmunds.com its analysis of sudden-acceleration complaints to and found that while rate of complaints was higher any other automaker, Ford Co. also had a high number.

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