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Plant with troubled past at center of Takata air bag probe

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By Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein and Ben Klayman

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Japanese Quality evaporated when product manufacturing left Japan in the past decades. You can bring them back to Japan once again to improve quality.

While yen is getting cheaper, some critical productions need to come back to Japan. Job, Job, Job. Good luck.

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"“We are highly focused on cooperating with NHTSA and the (U.S.) government investigation,”

Which is to say, they've probably already told a third-party company to hire a sub-contractor to hire people to pay attention to it because they clearly can't be bothered.

globalwatcher: It evaporated long before that, and doesn't exist where the manufacturing and work are placed in Japan, either. Just look at TEPCO as a prime example -- the company's name is synonymous with 'failure' and management has no clue what's going on there either. It's been a societal problem here for quite some time.

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Japanese Quality evaporated when product manufacturing left Japan in the past decades.

I still find that most products in Japan are still of very high quality.

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globalwatcher: It evaporated long before that, and doesn't exist where the manufacturing and work are placed in Japan, either. Just look at TEPCO as a prime example -- the company's name is synonymous with 'failure' and management has no clue what's going on there either. It's been a societal problem here for quite some time.

smith, I agree. TEPCO.......aw.... you have said enough. I can add Olympus, Sony, Sanyo, Suzuki,....many more. In medicine, no bang discoveries are happening in Japan. They are just following clinical trials of US.

Why is this happening in Japan?

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Mexico? Why did I have to read a Japanese news site to find this out?

Mexico has a huge problem with quality control. Volkswagen found this out the hard way as have American car makers. The maquiladoras (manufacturers along the US/Mexico border) are infamous for poor working conditions and graft along with drugs and gangs. These conditions are only slightly less influential in other parts of Mexico.

Those are not condition for quality control and pride in workmanship.

While Mexico needs international companies to invest in the nation and help raise the peoples standard of living, those results have yet to be realized.

In other words, I'm not surprised.

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My vehicle is salvaged. The airbags were blasted long before I bought it. The man who sold the thing warned me how dangerous the airbags would be to reinstall. I did not choose to have them.

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Mucho trabajo in mejico! Japan wanted more bang for yen! Don't blame it on the poor mexicans quality blame it on corporate greed!!!!!

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I once worked in Takata in Hikone not air bags. I could say it's one of the best companies I had worked for. Just maybe as one of the posters say, bring back the jobs to Japan.

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There has been a trend, a global trend, clearly seen if compared to circumstances 60 years ago, to denigrate engineers and engineering, and replace them/it in management with financial wizards and wizardry. Since financial wizardry has no tools but to lower costs and float imaginary balloons, the resulting entropy inevitably leads to a collapse of quality, long term financial ruin, injury and death. It can be seen clearly in the Takata case, where Takata engineers were overruled by Takata management who were unable to grasp the engineering risk and unwilling to defer to those engineers who could.

Fortunately there are companies that buck this trend, so there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

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That as well, kaimycahi.

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Shigehisa Takada, the grandson of the founder, now chairman and chief executive, has said the company made a mistake by allowing too much autonomy to its local managers in North America during a period of rapid growth.

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