Carlos Ghosn appears to be a hard man to push around. During Nissan's annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo, Ghosn was introduced to an unsavory feature of Japanese corporate life - harassment by racketeers. Many corporations pay off the mobsters, or sokaiya, in return for a pledge not to disrupt annual meetings. Nissan did not. The result, according to the Financial Times, was a tumultous four-hour session in which Ghasn faced taunts and filibusters, as well as criticism of his manners after he failed to bow before his speech.
'You've got to teach him some manners,' one racketeer told Nissan chief executive Yoshikazy Hanawa. Ghosn battled back, saying, 'There are many Japanese habits I don't know, but that's because I have been working very hard, and I don't have time outside Nissan.' To criticism that he was nichnamed 'The Destroyer' after layoffs at Nissan, Ghosn retorted that he also was known as 'Seven Eleven' for starting work at 7 a.m. and not leaving until 11 p.m.