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Mitsubishi scandal probe finds unrealistic goals, conflicts

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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“There was utterly no consciousness that the company must work as one to make and sell cars,” the panel’s 37-page report said.

Interesting comment about a Japanese company where "teamwork" is supposedly valued over everything else.

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found a divided company that had set unrealistic goals, to which employees simply couldn’t say, “No.”

the wrongdoing was systematic, extensive and escalated with time.

In other words, no one is responsible. It's just the system.

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"Mitsubishi Chairman Osamu Masuko, who helped engineer the Nissan deal, reiterated an apology and promised the company will penalize managers found responsible for the cheating."

How about penalizing a Chairman who let all this happen?

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Sounds very similar to Toshiba with employees unable to say 'No'. Perhaps some of the management and business consultants who used to drool over Japanese companies' management, performance and staff might like to review their notes?

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Mitsubishi Motors, struggled for years to win back consumer trust after an auto defects scandal in the early 2000s over cover-ups of problems such as failing brakes, faulty clutches and fuel tanks prone to falling off dating back to the 1970s.

Looked like they really changed after the previous scandals, oh wait.

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Yubaru.

Interesting comment about a Japanese company where "teamwork" is supposedly valued over everything else.

It sounds like you have very little understanding of Japanese corporate culture. Team work for Japanese workers in large companies, does not mean that they work for 'Team Company', it means that they work for 'Team Section/Dept'.

It's the Achilles heel of Japanese companies getting bigger. It's the job of Japanese senior management to ensure that all the teams/depts of the company are working in unison and towards common goals, while keeping the 'wa' between the competing teams.

This was Sony's downfall.

I work in a company that has 70,000 employees throughout Japan

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Perhaps some of the management and business consultants who used to drool over Japanese companies' management, performance and staff might like to review their notes?

The foreign ones unlearned the less useful bits quite some time ago. Unfortunately too many in the ministries and universities are still stuck in a Showa-era industrial supremacy bubble.

METI, for example, in its Society 5.0 project [a yokonarabi to Germany's Industry 4.0] is playing matchmaker to domestic companies (from start-ups to conglomerates), with little or zero - it seems - outreach beyond these shores.

Limited scope then for bold innovation or cross-pollination of perspectives, beliefs and behaviours.

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Sounds very similar to Toshiba with employees unable to say 'No'.

It also sounds very similar to any number of corporate scandals involving American, British, German, etc. companies.

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Chairman will be given a bonus offcourse

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