Another Chance

Takashi Nishioka, the new chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (M.M.C.), has a difficult job ahead. While Japan is the birthplace of some of the world's most successful auto manufacturers--Honda, Nissan, Toyota--Mitsubishi is one of the most troubled. The company has been shaken over the past year by revelations of long-running campaigns in various divisions to cover up critical manufacturing defects, some of which have proved lethal. Many large investors, including DaimlerChrysler and Japanese private-equity fund Phoenix Capital, have begun selling off their stakes or announced that they plan to do so soon, leaving questions about M.M.C.'s survival. Japanese sales dropped 40%...

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