TOYOHASHI, Japan – Next time you sit in your comfortable Lexus sedan, thank the women at Toyoda Boshoku Corp. for providing what are arguably the best seats in the industry. Nearly two dozen women work in the Lexus shop at the supplier’s Toyohashi seat plant, 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Nagoya, and half of them man the final inspection line where they “see dirt” men can’t, don’t or won’t. The 715,000-sq.-ft. (66,424-sq.-m) Toyohashi plant, which opened in May 1982, produces 2,640 seat ...

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