Carlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Motor Co. & Renault CEO and Chairman
*Mr. Ghosn is joining this event online.
17:30-20:30 Monday, December 6, 2021
The speech and Q & A will be in English.
Carlos Ghosn was scheduled to speak at the FCCJ in early April 2019 after languishing in prison for months. Released on bail, he had spent several weeks catching up on damaging leaks that had made their way into the media. Ghosn was eager to air his claims that a coup had removed him from Nissan's management but before he had a chance to do so he was rearrested with what he saw as an undisguised warning from the Tokyo prosecutors' office: Don't talk to the press.
In a subsequent interview he said the prosecutors had told him: 'Look, if you try to speak again, then you're going to come back to prison.' He added: "After I escaped, things started to unravel. People started to talk. We started to see much more details in what took place. Without any doubt, I knew escaping was the only way for me to tell the reality of what I lived through and give myself a chance to be vindicated in terms of my reputation, my rights, my legal rights, etc., because I was totally under control in Japan."
Now, finally, Ghosn is scheduled to speak at the club – albeit from exile following his decision to flee Japan. In a combined PAC news conference and Library Committee Book Break, he plans to tell his side of the story via Zoom on the occasion of the launch of 世界で勝てない日本企業 (Sekai de Katenai Nihon Kigyo), the Japanese translation of his book, Le Temps de la Verité, or Time for the Truth. The Japanese version is published by Gentosha.
Ghosn co-wrote the book with former FCCJ member Philippe Riès. The English translation, entitled Broken Alliances: Inside the Rise and Fall of a Global Automotive Empire (Tanooki Press), was released in September. The English version of the book will be available at the event.
Nissan, although projecting a small profit in fiscal 2021, recorded massive financial losses in the nearly three years since Ghosn's first arrest on November 19, 2018. One estimate including business and market cap losses, factory closures and job losses, puts the total losses at more than $100 billion. If it is proven that these losses, as Ghosn has alleged, are the result of a corporate coup involving collusion with the government and which include a bailout so that Nissan could avoid bankruptcy, the story will be ranked as one of Japan's worst business calamities.
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