The attack comes just after Japan joined Western allies in clamping down on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine.
In handing Greg Kelly a six-month suspended sentence and fining Nissan, a Tokyo court seemed intent on issuing a proxy judgment for Carlos Ghosn in absentia.
A group called Pandora threatened to release purchase orders, emails and sketches on the dark web.
Former Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, who presided over the arrest and ouster of Carlos Ghosn, weighs in his former boss' legacy and the carmaker's fitful recovery.
The wait begins in the case -- a proxy for ousted boss Carlos Ghosn -- that could see the former HR executive sentenced to two years in a Japanese prison.
Carlos Ghosn warns that old-guard companies such as Nissan must speed up their EV plans to stay competitive with newcomers.
Attacks on automakers, suppliers and dealerships highlight risk of ripple effects.