TOKYO -- When Akio Toyoda took over as president of Toyota Motor Corp. in the summer of 2009, he likened his challenging mission to "setting sail in a storm."
Little did he know how choppy the seas would be.
At the time, he was grappling with Toyota's first operating loss in 70 years. Bad enough. But each year, his fledgling administration has been buffeted by unprecedented crisis after crisis.
In 2010, his company was assailed by a global recall meltdown affecting millions of vehicles as Toyota battled accusations of unintended acceleration glitches and other quality lapses.