TOKYO – Fumio Fujimori faced an uncharacteristic problem last June when he assumed the presidency of Japan’s third-largest automotive supplier. The 61-year-old CEO began his new assignment just two months after Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., an affiliated supplier of Toyota Motor Corp., reported the first operating loss in its 60-year history: ¥3.5 billion ($38 million) in fiscal 2008. Before the financial market meltdown in fall 2008, the supplier had been on track to report a ¥100 billion ($1 ...

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