HIROSHIMA – For many in Japan, the summer of 2002 will not be remembered fondly – economic stagnation, near-record unemployment, political gridlock and the worst heat wave in three quarters of a century. Lewis Booth But much of Mazda Motor Corp. President Lewis Booth’s first Japanese summer was spent in the spacious executive suite of the auto maker’s air conditioned headquarters here. His focus was not on big-picture issues such as the country’s dreary economic and ...

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