Simple math can be graphic as well as educational. Each year, Toyota Motor Corp. ships about 56,000 40-ft. (12-m) containers, filled with “Made in Japan” systems and components, to 67 assembly plants around the world. Even more surprising: Denso Corp., Toyota’s main supplier, transports 12,000 40-ft. containers from Japan annually to more than 90 plants it operates in 26 countries. Looking at the larger picture, the Japanese government estimates exports of automotive components to ...

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