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New Nissan CEO brings global outlook but faces uphill task

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I was getting very curious recently about the whole Ghosn case, so I looked up the latest news. To my surprise, I found some new news articles that mentioned the two main whistleblowers, and how much influence they've had over the investigation so far. But the most shocking: they themselves have admitted to being overcompensated, and yet, they received immunity from prosecutors in exchanges for information. This is truly scandalous.

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I'm guessing the whistleblowers were Japanese then.

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Loren impsum : But the most shocking: they themselves have admitted to being overcompensated, and yet, they received immunity from prosecutors in exchanges for information. This is truly scandalous.

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It's not scandalous at all.

Happens all the time in the court system - look through case lae in US, UK, Australia, Canada.

Convicts / those involved in a "crime" turn evidence; they 'plea bargain; whistleblowers cop a deal with prosecution.

That's often how prosecutors can advance evidence in building their case.

Very typical.

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What is scandalous, iMO, that these guys were still /are still in the employ of Nissan !!!

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Pukey : I'm guessing the whistleblowers were Japanese then.

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Actually one of them is not Japanese.

I believe - from what I read - he initiated the investigation.

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Re: Uchida - his international experience works very well for him.

Growing up in an international setting in the formative years, as a child - outside of Japan - moves him out of having that obsequious fawning anxiety many Japanese - even in management - have re: foreigners.

Hope his undergrad degree in theology at Doshisha /Kobe helped build integrity.

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The original WB was Hari Nada, he's not Japanese. Saikawa wasn't a WB, he cooperated when the whistle blew. Ghosn decided he wasn't going to cooperate.

I assume Saikawa and Nada has got assurances that their cooperation will save them from prosecution. After all, they didn't even know they were recipients of the Ghosn/Kelly scheme until after all the investigations had taken place. The biggest difference between them and Ghosn is they had no idea dates were shifted in their favour, AND they didn't have offshore facilities to hide their supposed illicit gains.

Why would Nada blow if he knew he was also partied to these illicit acts?

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"He will be joined in the top ranks by newly named chief operating officer India-born Ashwani Gupta"

And if Uchida messes up here is his fall guy.

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Sh'mon M4sada"s point is well taken.

Just to add - at least - Hari Nada, and the other unnamed J guy - admit they were recipients of the Ghosn / Kelly scheme - albeit unknowing.

But they acknowledge their part.

Ghosn refuses to admit his culpability even in face of evidence.

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Yeah, but is he corrupt?

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"Uchida is what Japanese call a kokusaijn" (citizen of the world): he's very international and has spoken English since he was child," said Janet Lewis, an auto analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities.

Speaking English doesn't make one international as the Japanese believe.

I won't say Trump is International because he speaks English.

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After all, they didn't even know they were recipients of the Ghosn/Kelly scheme until after all the investigations had taken place. The biggest difference between them and Ghosn is they had no idea dates were shifted in their favour,

Incorrect.....according to the investigative piece ny NY Times journalists that was published by Asahi news couple of days ago both Nada and the other unnamed J guy  (who is named in the article btw ;) were sent emails by the finance guy in charge who changed the stock option payout dates explaining the move to them....so they knew well before the investigation apparently.

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Lets see but no so much changed to me.

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Undergrad in theology...So he's the new CPO (chief priest officer)? Well, Nissan does need a lot of prayer now

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But the most shocking: they themselves have admitted to being overcompensated, and yet, they received immunity from prosecutors in exchanges for information.

It's a kind of plea deal that exists in different countries. That's a proven way to dismantle organized crime . You pardon the second knives if they help you nail the big boss. In this case, they don't have "immunity" but out of court settlements ( paying back and fines).

This is truly scandalous.

The big scandal is not that a CEO established a system of illegal practices over several continents and diverted over 100 million dollars ?

at least - Hari Nada, and the other unnamed J guy 

Sénard is slowly but surely getting rid of all the involved persons. At least a dozen in each Renault and Nissan.

Look at who was "identified", left, moved nearer to the door, will leave soon.

Kelly, Saikawa, Nada, Shiga, Munoz... On the other bank : Bolloré, Sepheri....

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