DK: My name is Dee Kelly. My husband is Greg Kelly, and we live in Brentwood, Tennessee. We have two sons and an 18-month-old grandson. Greg is a Nissan executive who was arrested in Japan just before Thanksgiving. Greg was taken into custody when he arrived and was driven to the Tokyo Detention Center where he still is.
DK: Greg was lured to Japan and betrayed by Mr. Hari Nada. Mr. Nada is an attorney for Nissan and a colleague of Greg’s. Hari Nada told Greg that he was needed in Japan in-person and went so far as to send a corporate jet when Greg said that because of his health and impending surgery he would rather attend by video conference.
DK: Right now, our family’s main concern is Greg’s health. Greg has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and was to have surgery on December 7th in Nashville. Greg’s symptoms include numbness, tingling and shooting pains in his extremities.
DK: Greg was able to get word to us through his attorney in Japan that his condition is deteriorating. There has been an increase in the numbness, tingling and shooting pains. His symptoms are exasperated by sleeping on a futon on the floor of his detention cell.
DK: For over two weeks Greg was without the pillow he uses to support his neck while sleeping. We were told by his doctor that if he did not have the surgery within two months these symptoms could become permanent.
DK: At this point Greg is not getting the treatment he needs. Through Greg’s lawyer in Japan, I have supplied the Tokyo Detention Center with Greg’s medical records, his MRI CD, with the doctor’s findings and an affidavit from the surgeon outlining the nature of the surgery required. I’ve been told that the detention center will have a doctor examine Greg to confirm his diagnosis and the need for surgery.
DK: I’ve also been in contact with a bilingual doctor in Japan who I would like to examine Greg as well. There are so many issues with having this surgery in Japan. Communication between doctor and patient is at the top of this list.
DK: Greg is an honest, hardworking American businessman. Throughout Greg’s career, he worked incredibly long hours, often sacrificing time with family and friends for the company. Greg and Mr. Ghosn fully believe that they did not break the law. Part of Greg’s role at Nissan was to solve complex legal issues that Nissan faces. Greg always relied on inside and outside sources to solve issues facing the company. Greg has been wrongly accused as part of a power grab by several Nissan executives, headed up by the current CEO Saikawa. We will be discussing this more in coming days. The truth of this will come out.
DK: But until then my husband is still behind bars. We are not allowed to talk to him in person or on the phone. His family and friends that are writing him letters of support, which he has not been allowed to receive, even though I’ve had them translated into Japanese, so the detention center can read them first.
DK: I have been advised that it would be unsafe for me to travel to Japan at this time to be there with my husband Greg, as I might also be detained. In fact, there are many international business people who have told me they will not be traveling to Japan because what has happened to Greg. I cannot say that I blame them.
DK: Greg and I were lucky enough to have spent close to nine years in Japan. It is a beautiful country and we cherish our memories of Japan, including all the wonderful people we met there. I used to love showing Nissan spouses around Tokyo and Yokohama when they were considering whether to accept an overseas assignment. It is a difficult decision to make for any family.
DK: Greg and I often discussed the possibility of living in Japan part-time in our retirement. Greg, I’m sure that you will never see this statement, but I want you to know that we love you, miss you dearly, and we are doing everything possible to bring you home soon. We’re asking the prosecutors to release Greg and allow him to get the treatment that he needs. With Christmas less than 10 days away, my Christmas wish would be for Greg to be home with his family, recovering from his surgery. Thank you.