Toyota chief executive Akio Toyoda was told to stop weeping in public by one of his shareholders at yesterday's company general meeting.
The investor told Akio Toyoda: "Mr Toyoda, you've been all over the media this year and you've gone teary-eyed on several occasions. For a man of your position, this is unacceptable. Please keep your chin up and try not to weep."
Toyoda most famously wept when he was forced to make public apologies over the recall of more than ten million cars earlier this year.
Toyoda claimed they were "tears of joy" in reaction to the support from Toyota's car dealers.
"I will try not to go teary-eyed again," said Toyoda.
Toyota posted a 209 billion yen (£1.56bn) profit last year, against a loss of 437bn yen last year.
"I would like to apologise once again for all the worries we have caused our shareholders but we've managed to post a profit after a year of losses and I feel like we are finally at the starting line this year," said Toyoda.