NISHIO, Japan – A plant tour for visitors who make the trek 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Tokyo, past Mount Fuji, to Denso Corp.’s mammoth manufacturing complex here generally ends the same way every time – on a bus, heading up a tight, one-lane service road that twists like a librarian’s hairpin all the way to the top of a hill covered with nothing but trees and shrubs. It’s from this vantage point that the breadth of the Nishio complex finally can be appreciated. On an overcast day, ...

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