I'd say that's Japanese folks being polite, as Japanese culturally tend to be.
If the Toyota executives were Americans instead, they might've said something along the lines of, "The Obamacrats are fecking Commies!".
Granted, Toyota's unexpected, and uncharacteristic, spate of recalls of their products in recent times, starting with simpler problems beginning a few years ago and ballooning into serious problems recently, cannot be ignored and must make one wonder whether something's different about Toyota that leads to these sudden problems with its vehicles.
But Toyota still has a point.
Toyota has been doing the right thing with the recalls and repairs. Just as have the other automakers in the past.
Toyota's punishment is in terms of lost sales and lost reputation as a maker of reliable cars, and they cannot ignore this.
So why must government be so harsh, then? I mean, bureaucracy costs money, lots of it...
I say, let the consumer decide the fate of the various automakers based on product reliablity record and other factors... not the state.
Maybe the Obamacrats are trying to get Toyota to stop setting up factories in America? If so, well, that's dumb- the more factories in America, the more jobs there will be, after all...