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Nissan's Saikawa: 'Ghosn child' who ousted mentor

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By Hiroshi Hiyama

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Former mentor, now the tables have turned...

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It never works this way at Japanese companies.

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We are witnessing a real-life modern-day ‘game of thrones’ here.

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Saikawa, please show us you’re better than your mentor was. The world, not only Japan, is looking.

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Good luck Saikawa-san in cleaning up the big mess left by Ghosn. I hope he can bring back glory for Nissan after these dark times. So many great products such as GTR and L.E.A.F.

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GTR - great car but highly overpriced.

LEAF - outdated technology sold as innovative, very little mileage between charges, and overpriced.

Saikawa had to have known about the discrepancies that were going on. I hope this turncoat gets investigated too.

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Did Saikawa say Ghosn was his mentor?

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How about getting someone who was born after 1953 to take the helm? I’m so sick of these dinosaurs.

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Saikawa should also go as he was complicit in the cover up. Given that Renault has 43% of the voting rights it should be up to them to decide who runs Nissan.

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BelrickToday  10:06 am JST

GTR - great car but highly overpriced.

LEAF - outdated technology sold as innovative, very little mileage between charges, and overpriced.

The GT-R is and always has been a bargain. You get hypercar performance for luxury car money. It's competition is the Porsche 911 turbo, Lamborghini Huraccan etc which go for double the price. Only someone who couldn't afford it and/or had little knowledge of it would say that it's overpriced.

The Leaf is current technology sold as current technology. Again, 'very little mileage' sounds like a cheap shot, it means nothing when it's a city car and the market its aimed at recharges well within its mileage range. But of course if you compare it to another electric car with greater mileage and higher price, it's not overpriced. It would only be overpriced compared to the equivalent size/utility piston engine car or hybrid, which anyone in the market for such a vehicle would expect.

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It never works this way at Japanese companies.

Really? Last time I looked Nissan is still a Japanese company! It's not the first time someone got ousted, and it wont be the last, just this time it was very public, because it involved a "gwaijin".

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@ Belrick

The GTR is a bargain mate !

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More like mama boy of the old dinosaur era. What goes around comes around, your termination will eventually come Saikawa

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That is why a general rule, never trust your co-workers, nor groom them or priase them for anything, Ghosn should of hired an outsider, not a primitive slow dinosaur

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Even his aura, when looking at him, wreaks of a two faced person.

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"Ghosn-dependent Nissan makes a clean break," said a headline in the Asahi Shimbun after Saikawa's comments.

Ha! talk about biased... notice the share price tank double digits? clean brank to decline should be the headline.

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Saikawa is Japanese. The government implicitly is backing him. Right now he can do no wrong for the government. It’s a fight between Japan’s government and the French government. Saikawa is the point man. He knows all the inside secrets. Interesting. It’s becoming an international government vs government rather than a business or tax problem. In fact, Ghosn is a political prisoner.

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Not a surprise for me, what he did not understood is 1). Good Japanese people do not forgive very easily for betrayal, either to a Japanese person or a foreigner. 2). This person read & write Japanese and he was with Carlos for many years. 3). If he was Carlos ' child ', he is not a good negociator, He cannot even negociate with his father. I am very sorry for Nissan Inc and all good Japanese in Japan. This is very poor mind and big betrayal of Nissan & Japan. Destory a man of 64 years old who saved Nissan & the face of one Japan Inc. I urge all share-holders of Nissan beware of the future. Gouchi, that is poor manners even to good Japanese.

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