A Dialogue Between a Mathematician and Toyota’s Chairman: Think, Think, and Think Again

  • Fujio Cho
  • Toshiyuki Kobayashi


Kobayashi (K): I believe that there are a variety of things that are fundamental but rarely perceived, that are important but too obvious to attract our attention. Do you think the value of honesty for a company is such a thing? I surmise that a sound company does not have to think about “the value of honesty” so often because people there just take it as a matter of course. On the other hand, dishonesty—needless to say fraud, but also pretending to know everything without performing investigations, which I also consider a kind of dishonesty—seems to result in a long-term loss even though it may produce a large short-term gain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fujio Cho
    • 1
  • Toshiyuki Kobayashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Toyota Motor CorporationTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Mathematical SciencesThe University of Tokyo and Kavli IPMUTokyoJapan

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