Report: Toyoda leaving for U.S. Saturday


Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2010 at 4:04 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota isn't commenting on a published report that the company's president will leave for the U.S. Saturday.

Akio Toyoda has agreed to appear before a congressional committee next Wednesday to discuss the company's massive recalls and safety issues.

Japan's industry and transport ministers have publicly applauded the decision, saying that Toyoda should take the opportunity to help reassure customers.

Japan's Foreign Minister tells reporters he hopes "Toyota will soon regain the trust of their customers around the world."

The nation's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister says the automaker's problems shouldn't become "a political matter between the Japanese and U.S. governments."

Toyota has pledged full cooperation with investigations by the U.S. National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and Congress and promised upgrades to help prevent future problems.

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