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Tuesday, April 02, 2019, 15:00 - 16:30

Junichiro Hironaka, Carlos Ghosn's Defense Lawyer
Sho Kosasa, Lawyer

(The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English Interpretation)

"Carlos Ghosn's Lawyers Give Update on His Case"

Following the release of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn on bail on March 5, his defense lawyer will return to speak at the FCCJ about the latest developments in the case.

Since Ghosn's release, Nissan has moved to scrap the all-powerful post of chairman and appoint an external director to head its board, following recommendations by an independent committee to clearly separate oversight and executive functions.

Reports have also emerged that Nissan's chief executive, Hiroto Saikawa, approved a $40 million lump sum payment to Ghosn as part of a proposed retirement package, and that the automaker paid tuition fees worth at least $601,000 for all four of the former chairman's children to attend Stanford University.

Ghosn is accused of aggravated breach of trust and filing false statements to regulators about his compensation.

Hironaka has a big hurdle to clear: a 99 percent conviction rate in Japan's legal system. But he has successfully defended notable figures such as Ichiro Ozawa, an influential politician who was accused of involvement in a political funds scandal, and was part of a team that defended Atsuko Muraki, a former senior bureaucrat charged in 2009 with falsely certifying an organization as representing disabled people so it could use cheaper postage rates.

5F Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg., 3-2-3, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Doors open for TV crew at 14:15, For all others at 14:30, still cameras included.
Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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