When we first heard of Nissan's troubles in its Mississippi plant it sounded as if the Japanese corporation lifted the plot from the hilarious Michael Keaton film Gung-Ho by sending 200 engineers from Japan to fix the problems. Naturally we conjured images of lazy American workers messing things up on the assembly line. Now it sounds as if the inner-workings were the problem and those engineers have completely redesigned hundreds of parts. Forgive us for our prejudices.

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