General Motors' history in Japan is nearly as long as the company's itself. The first Buicks and Cadillacs arrived in 1915, just seven years after the automaker was founded.
GM soon set up a local subsidiary and even opened an assembly plant on the Osaka waterfront, complete with its own test track and a Shinto shrine dubbed the "White Chrysanthemum." From the late 1920s until Pearl Harbor, GM and Ford Motor Co. dominated local production and sales.
Now here's the great "What If":
What if Gen. Douglas MacArthur's anti-carpetbagging policies and Japanese protectionism hadn't colluded to all but bar GM's return after World War II? Might Japan's emperor today be riding in a Cadillac instead of a Toyota?