PERSONAL APPEARANCE

Mr. Toyoda Will Testify

The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee invited Toyota Motor Corp. Chief Executive Akio Toyoda to testify in Washington, and though he wavered earlier in the day, he eventually accepted. Toyoda said that he “look[s] forward to speaking directly with Congress and the American people.” Toyoda will give a five-minute opening statement and answer lawmakers’ questions. Other bigwigs in the Toyota camp are also to scheduled for trips to the Hill, with the president of Toyota Motor Sales USA testifying Tuesday. Texas Governor Rick Perry is subtly asking congressmen to play nice, noting that Toyota provides his state with more than 10,000 jobs.