The move provides continuity and senior leadership as the country’s carmakers grapple with the shift to carbon neutrality.
Akio Toyoda, in his role as chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, expressed shock and sadness at the killing.
The veteran communications executive is back at the automaker after her shocking 2015 arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug possession, resignation and release 20 days later without being charged.
Akio Toyoda was once called the chief branding officer of Lexus. More recently, he goes by another moniker there: Brand Holder.