Re: Domo arigato Uchiyamada-san
In Japan, my experioence would say that the "fistfights" probably broke out outside of work after a few beers. Some good engineering decisions often made at those times.
This says it all to me "As Uchiyamada tells it, the Prius wasn't the kind of car Toyota would have ever approved as a project, if standard decision-making had been followed. It was sure to be a money loser for years." - one sure fire way to kill an idea is to send it to comittee. I wonder if any Engineer in the big 3 had similar ideas around 1994 but saw them crushed by a comittee.