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U.S. Senate committee to hold Takata air bag hearing

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By TOM KRISHER

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The minimal reporting on this issue by the likes of Yomiuri, NHK etc. is very telling.

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Wasnt Toyota investigated for deciet about their acceleration problems not so long ago as well? Is this a cultural pattern or just coincidence?

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@5petalsNOV. 14, 2014 - 09:20PM JST Wasnt Toyota investigated for deciet about their acceleration problems not so long ago as well? Is this a cultural pattern or just coincidence?

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Was Toyots investigated by U/s /Senate?

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Japanese media doesn't know about this. Where's the Jiji story?

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The minimal reporting on this issue by the likes of Yomiuri, NHK etc. is very telling

No it is not - it is completely predictable. (I stated as much in a post about Japanese media earlier this week.) Japanese media just reports what J-Inc. spoon feeds them.

Takata spokesman Alby Berman on Thursday confirmed that the company has received a general subpoena from a federal grand jury in New York.

That means sworn testimony with the penalty of perjury. Takata won't be able to hide behind statements issued from Japan much longer. Hope they have the good sense to hire a top-notch U.S. criminal defense attorney.

The full Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 20 in Washington that likely will feature company representatives and officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety agency.

Bet we won't see too many Japanese executives testifying. They'll send the U.S. folks to slaughter.

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@marcelito “The minimal reporting on this issue by the likes of Yomiuri, NHK etc. is very telling.” Well-said! Yomiuri is right-leaning news outlets and NHK, well, don’t even get me to start it.

It becomes apparent that Japanese press constantly fails to live up the role of the fourth estate

In America, if a major publicly traded company, whether it’s JP Morgan or GM, if it’s practices that violate the laws or put consumers safety in jeopardy, the responsible US senate panels would grill the heads of the company to find the answers.

Right now, Commerce Committee wants to find out if Takata has deliberately withheld its faulty airbag testing data from the public. If it did so, laws and fines will be applied.

One day, I hope that Japanese legislative bodies to do the same, questioning the big hams of Tepco for its Fukushima’s wrongdoing and making the company to pay for its crimes.

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GOD! I wish these Legislative Branch politicians would stop trying to do the work of the Judicial Branch. All it results in is a waste of time and taxpayer money. Of course, by doing this they don't have to do any of the work they're SUPPOSED to be doing - like working out bi-partisan agreements on pending legislation.

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Senatew is conductng hearigf rhat was already done sometime ago,

Fadamor explained very well.

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@Fadamor... with you 100%!! Smoke and Mirrors.

The industry is out of control because they've given up control. Most of these problems can be directly linked to domestic auto manufacturing and their addiction to outsourcing. Deals with part suppliers are made by representatives of the automaker that have no other engIneering qualifications than having mastered the ability to say 'Yes'... and maybe flipping a burger. Their primary mission of concern is cutting cost, at ANY cost.

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5petalsNov. 14, 2014 - 09:20PM JST

Wasnt Toyota investigated for deciet about their acceleration problems not so long ago as well? Is this a cultural pattern or just coincidence?

Ford and Firestone had a major cover-up scandal years ago, GM had a fire-prone ignition switch cover-up scandal, and now, actually they are going through the same thing AGAIN with ignition switches... so to answer your question, it's neither cultural nor coincidence, it's common among large corporations.

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5petalsNov. 14, 2014 - 09:20PM JST Wasnt Toyota investigated for deciet about their acceleration problems not so long ago as well? Is this a cultural pattern or just coincidence?

But there was conflict of interest with Toyota investigation at the time of the investigation, U.S. goverment owned majority of GM. The goverment should've set-up independent investigaton on Toyota. How can you have fair investigation when you are a competitor of Toyota?

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@5petql. That was price fixing investigation on Bridgestone that cheated Toyota. Not Senate Incwatigation,

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