TOKYO — For an ambitious vehicle maker operating in today's borderless world, nationalism has become passe. “Toyota is not a Japanese enterprise rooted in Japan; it is a world enterprise rooted in Japan,” says Satoshi Nagao, a Toyota senior planner. Toyota Motor Corp.'s true globalization came about in 1976; the year sales abroad first exceeded those in Japan. The gap has steadily widened since. Last year's sales of 1.7 million cars, trucks and buses accounted for only one-third of the ...
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