It took 10 to 20 years for Detroit auto makers to admit Toyota, Honda and Nissan were building better cars than they were in their own backyard. Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long to acknowledge the Japanese also are better at supplier relations. When Honda took its first manufacturing baby steps in the U.S. 25 years ago, it was impossible to imagine that someday traditional American suppliers actually would prefer to do business with Japanese “transplants” over their long-time ...

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