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... not a Japanese problem, it's simply hubris and arrogance.
BSA went though something like this in the '60s. The board of directors decided to run the race effort. They threw a much bigger budget at it and decided to build their bike out of titanium. All of it... It was a disaster of biblical proportions. If they'd simply increased the race dept's budget and stepped back and let them work, they would have been world beaters for a decade. Instead, they decided to take over things they had no experience or expertise in, and huge amounts of money and respect went down the toilet.
It was a train wreck. It was a textbook example of why accountants and HR people should stay out of engineering, why boards should stay out of the face of the people at the coal-face. The fact that you have authority, doesn't mean you have expertise.