“ Ask ‘why’ five times about every matter”
In other words he was a pain in the arse.
I really don’t understand this desire to laud Japanese technology which is only a copy of European / American technology. The article mentions the loom, British textile companies had been using automated looms since the eighteenth century and in the first half of the nineteenth a design known as the Lancashire Loom became a industry standard until it was superseded by the Northrop loom.
The loom ‘invented’ by Toyoda was merely a copy of the Northrop loom but was able to undercut the opposition due to low labour costs in Japan (now why does that sound familiar?)
Had John Bullough, inventor of the Lancashire Loom copied a Japanese design he would be demonized for ‘cultural appropriation’ but when a Japanese copies a British loom, a German automobile engine or Henry Ford’s mass production methods we are supposed to hail their genius?