|Carlos Ghosn's new battle: Restoring his name
Opinions on Carlos Ghosn are sharply divided, not only in Japan but in the international community.
Ghosn has plenty of defenders who see him as the victim of a corporate coup. But there is also no shortage of detractors who have the visceral belief he is simply a greedy crook.
Today, nearly three years after his shocking arrest in Tokyo. Ghosn himself is focused on rehabilitating his image.
And we tell you how on Page 1 of Monday's issue. The story, posted online today, comes from our Asia Editor, Hans Greimel.
Hans writes from a rare perch of authority on Ghosn. He joined Automotive News in 2007 and covered the executive for 11 years as the head of Nissan, Renault and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.
Hans has followed Ghosn to jails and courtrooms, Tokyo streets and athletic clubs, and even to Beirut, where the former rock star CEO now lives in exile.
That rich expertise seeps through the pages of Hans' book on Ghosn, Collision Course, which was published in June.
We ran two excerpts in late spring. One put a spotlight on the fog of competing narratives that surrounded the arrest. The other focused on how the alliance teetered following Ghosn's downfall.
The latest tale comes from a video interview.
In it, Ghosn says that rebooting his reputation will be a long, uphill climb — and acknowledges his good name will likely never be fully recovered.
"It's a lifelong battle," Ghosn told Hans. "You can't measure the damage. You can't measure the rehabilitation."
With Ghosn still sheltering as a fugitive in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan, he is unlikely to ever stand trial in Tokyo.
The full facts of the matter — evidence compiled by prosecutors and stored up by the defense — may never become public.
And that, at least, gives Ghosn an opening to broadcast his side of the story with impunity from his enclave in the Middle East.
— Dave Versical