Business: An Industrial Nirvana

Earlier this year Ward's Auto World, a respected industry magazine, surveyed Detroit engineers and discovered that nearly half of them thought that the Japanese build better cars than Americans. When asked why, the experts cited the high quality of the labor that goes into the autos and the Japanese worker's strong attachment to his job.

TIME Tokyo Bureau Chief Edwin Reingold covered the American auto industry as Detroit bureau chief from 1971 to 1978. Since then he has been head of the magazine's Tokyo office. Reingold has toured Japanese auto factories and last week...

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