When he arrived in Tokyo more than a year ago from the Railsystem Unit of the DaimlerChrysler Group, Rolf Eckrodt, vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., gave each MMC executive a piece of the Berlin Wall encased in clear plastic.

The gifts came with the inscription: "Leave no stone unturned."

"This is the symbol of our turnaround," Eckrodt said during an interview with The Japan Times, displaying one of the cases.