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While Toyota is known to provide health, unemployment insurance, and other benefits to workers around the world, is it backpedaling on benefits for its own workers back home?
That's what Akahata seems to indicate in Political Affairs. According to the writer, Hiroshi Okuda (pictured), chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation and President of the Japan Business Federation, has been calling for an increase in contingent workers ('temps', temporary or contract) in an effort to control costs. In a trend different from U.S. staffing agencies (which are increasingly providing health and other benefits to their workers), similar companies in Japan are facing pressure from clients likeToyota to provide such employees cheaply. Takagi Corporation, which is a major staffing agency for Toyota affiliates, did not provide health coverage for 40 percent of its temps last year. And Denso, Toyota's major part supplier, did not provide health benefits for its contingent employees, even though it was reportedly legally obligated to do so.

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[Source: Political Affairs]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota starts to show some cracks in it's shiny armor. Toyota is heaven.. for now, until it does what everybody is doing. It is call capitalism adn greed.
      • 9 Years Ago
      An obvious lie. We all know that Toyota would never pressure vendors to deny health care and alike. This must be GM/Ford/DC's fault. How, I'm not sure, but I know it must be their fault.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey, #8,

      Do you have anything in your possession made in China?
      If not tell me how you do it.
      America certainly doesn't have any trade barriers does it? Jesus.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So if you think that Toyota,for the most part, makes a superior quality vehicle that equates to hating America?
      I have a '99 Ford truck and a '98 Toyota 4 Runner.The Ford has half the miles and half the abuse and gets regular service. I have had exactly 5 major repairs on it. The Toyota, aside from my kids breaking the cup holder, has zero repairs and other than infrequent oil changes, hasn't had to have any repairs!

      Yes Toyota has all the issues any other company has, but they seem to anticipate problems instead of denying they exist until it's almost too late like Ford and GM. It's a fact that the big three were too arrogant for there own good, assuming that they would always control the market. I think Ford has some decent designs, but my experiences with Ford and Chevy make me question their mid-term relaibility.

      I love the US, in spite of the fact that we are somewhat third world in many ways, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Doesn't mean I can't bitch about all the stupid things we do does it?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yes, it is somewhat UnAmerican to buy a vehicle from a country that puts up barriers to American products.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Of course Toyota is a regular company with problems just like all the others. What this blurb doesn't explicitly say is that the uninsured temp workers are most likely foreigners, which is why this issue doesn't get much attention in Japan.
      • 9 Years Ago
      oh I told you all so ...

      enjoy your toyota's and lower future standard of living.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, I guess Toyota just wants more flexibility for it's products. While it is a shame that many workers over there have few benefits, it's probably better than the welfare state that the UAW has built here. It sounds like a legal issue to me, as it looks as if Denso has broken laws by not offering benefits.

      It truly is a shame when workers go without benefits, but I've always felt that way, that's why I've always advocated National Medicare.

      Oh well, looks like the choice is between 7 a**hole corporations. I'll just have to go with the one that builds the best car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It is a right wing conspiracy. Gearge W Bush is behind it all.


      how much negative news must come out before the America Haters on this board realize that Toyota is a company just like any other out there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      A corporation, just like any corporation, nothing more, nothing less. As they grow larger, you'll see and hear about more cracks, and if they do get to be number 1, there is only one way to go, down and their reign will be far shorter than GM's