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But there's a problem, says senior news analyst Daniel Schorr. Many of the politicians now accepting Toyota's apologies have also, for years, been accepting its money.
DANIEL SCHORR: What did Toyota hope to gain from its friendly investment in the American Congress? According to a document obtained by the Detroit News, Yoshimi Inaba, Toyota's North American president, boasted in 2009 that he had negotiated an agreement with auto-safety regulators that saved more than $100 million by preventing a large scale recall of some of the Toyota models in 2007. No defect found, wrote Inaba.
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