Japan Inc. Gets Moving

Change is coming from within Japan's stodgy boardrooms.

Honda's Ito has taken aim at the old ways.

Photographer: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Shigehisa Takada personifies all that's wrong with corporate Japan. The Takata chairman has adopted a familiar response to the deadly airbag scandal that's enveloped his 82-year-old company: duck and cover. As the costs of recalling tens of millions of airbags mount -- they're likely to reach $264 million in the year ending in March -- Takata has remained out of sight, leaving underlings and lawyers to face the news media and testify before the U.S. Congress.

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