Elaine Kurtenbach

For Elaine Kurtenbach's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tohoku disaster may bring automakers to their knees

Business Mar 29, 2011

Tohoku disaster may bring automakers to their knees

The auto industry disruptions triggered by the disaster in Tohoku are about to get worse. In the weeks ahead, car buyers will have difficulty finding the model they want in certain colors, thousands of auto plant workers will likely be told to stay home, and ...

Japan hopes Toyoda can clean tainted image

Business Feb 22, 2010

Japan hopes Toyoda can clean tainted image

Japan is looking to Toyota President Akio Toyoda's appearance before U.S. lawmakers this week to help burnish an image marred by a flood of recalls — and to prevent grievances over the issue from fanning broader political tensions. With his company facing the worst crisis ...

Recalls nonissue in lifeline growth markets

Business Feb 20, 2010

Recalls nonissue in lifeline growth markets

Toyota Motor Corp. is stricken by massive recalls in the U.S. and stalled sales at home, but it is not without a lifeline — big, fast-growing markets like China and Southeast Asia, where drivers seem unfazed by what is troubling consumers in the West. Toyota ...