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Toyota's first career-track female executive credits trailblazers

Chika Kako holds the No. 2 post in the Lexus division after serving as its chief engineer

Chika Kako, managing officer for Toyota Motor, speaks to reporters in Nagoya, Japan.

NAGOYA, Japan -- The first woman to rise through the ranks to become an executive at Toyota Motor says the path was cleared for her by past women employees' accomplishments.

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