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Toyota CEO to speak, March 7

Hideaki Otaka, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America, will speak at 3 p.m. Monday, March 7, in 307 Frist Campus Center.

Otaka, who was named to his present post in May 2004, will discuss "Toyota and the United States: Is the Japanese Production System Welcomed by American Workers?"

Otaka has spent nearly his entire career in international operations for Toyota. He joined the company in 1965 and has taken on sales, marketing and manufacturing planning assignments for its activities in the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Oceania.

His lecture is sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies.

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