Been there done that with previous people over tightening or not knowing what they are doing.
We had a '99 Subaru, had that same filter cartridge, I too usually had a mess.
I vowed never to have Walmart touch my vehicles after I had to have them change my oil. I had just gotten my 79 camaro on the road, fresh motor but insurance wanted prove of mileage so I could get my under 5/k miles per year discount. Walmart was cheapest so I went there. After they had me come inspect the "no oil" on the dipstick I told them I would never be back. It was fresh motor with 50 miles on it and a chrome dipstick, the dipstick looking at it didn't see dirty oil so he said it had no oil. Then they wanted to argue with me when I asked for 6 quarts.....I put the pan on, I knew what it took.
Grumpy, 65% of toyotas are made in USA and have the American models have parts made in other countries. I try to buy American, but it's becoming a mute point these days.