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日産自動車の西川廣人さんへ 日産アートアワードはどうなりますか? 今日のゴーン「私は無実です」 To NISSAN's Mr. SAIKAWA Hiroto: what will happen to the NISSAN ART AWARD? Ghosn today: "I am innocent"

日産アートアワード NISSAN ART AWARD
西川廣人 SAIKAWA Hiroto
西川廣人 SAIKAWA Hiroto

What will happen to the NISSAN ART AWARD, initiated by Carlos Ghosn? Will it be canceled?

「日産アートアワード2017」授賞式。大賞の藤井光とオーディエンス賞の横山奈美を囲んで。筆者(左端)、日産自動車CEOのカルロス・ゴーン(右から2人目)とアルフォンソ・アルベイザ(右端)と 森美術館館長の南條 史生(左端)
「日産アートアワード2017」授賞式。大賞の藤井光とオーディエンス賞の横山奈美を囲んで。筆者(左端)、日産自動車CEOのカルロス・ゴーン(右から2人目)とアルフォンソ・アルベイザ(右端)と 森美術館館長の南條史生(左端)
NISSAN ART AWARD 2017 Ceremony. From left: Mori Museum director NANJO Fumio, artist YOKOYAMA Nami (audience prize), FUJII Hikaru (NISSAN ART AWARD), NISSAN CEO Carlos Ghosn, NISSAN designer Alfonso Albaisa

quote by then NISSAN CEO Carlos Ghosn in 2017:
日産自動車の会長、カルロス ゴーン氏は「今年も日産アートアワードを通じて、日本人アーティストと文化コミュニティをサポートできることを誇りに思います。
日本の気鋭のアーティストたちが魅せてくれる才能や多様性からは、常にインスピレーションを受け続けてきました。
ヨコハマトリエンナーレが開催される今秋、彼らファイナリストの新作が世界に向けて披露されることが、心から楽しみでなりません。
本アワードを通して、今後も多くの方が日本の文化発展に興味を持つことを期待しています」と語った。

Nissan Art Award 2017 日産アートアワード2017 カルロス ゴーン氏
Nissan Art Award 2017 日産アートアワード2017 カルロス ゴーン氏

日産自動車株式会社
Published on Jul 3, 2017
「日産アートアワード」は、隔年で開催する現代美術を表彰する賞典で、日産自動車が創業80年を迎えた2013年、「人々の生活を豊かに」というビジョンのもと、現代美術における優れた日本人アーティストの活動を支援し、次世代へと続く日本の文化発展の助力になることを目指して発足しました。

この度、カルロス ゴーン同席のもと、ニューヨークにて行われた「日産アートアワード2017」第一次選考では、候補者推薦委員により選出された25名の現代アーティストの中から気鋭の5名がファイナリストとして選出されました。
ファイナリストは今後、9月にBankART Studio NYK(横浜)にて開催される展覧会へ向けて新作を制作し、9月27日(水)の最終選考でグランプリが決定されます。

日産アートアワード2017 Nissan Art Award 2017
日産アートアワード2017 Nissan Art Award 2017

【企業】日産アートアワード2017 ファイナリスト選出

カルロス ゴーン @ Nissan Art Award 2017 日産アートアワード2017
カルロス ゴーン @ Nissan Art Award 2017 日産アートアワード2017 (Twitter screenshot)

【動画:日産アートアワード2017 授賞式】
先月27日の授賞式の様子を記録したビデオを公開中。
グランプリに輝いた藤井さんのコメントや展覧会全体に関する審査員のコメントも交えた充実の内容。ぜひご覧ください! フルレングスはこちら
https://twitter.com/nissanartaward/status/921186993534410757

Carlos Ghosn @ Nissan Art Award 2017 日産アートアワード2017
Carlos Ghosn @ Nissan Art Award 2017 日産アートアワード2017 (english version)

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has selected five finalists for the Nissan Art Award 2017.
The five emerging contemporary Japanese artists were among 25 candidates nominated during the first selection round in New York in May, with Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn in attendance.
The finalists will be creating new artwork for an exhibition taking place this autumn in parallel with the Yokohama Triennale in Japan.
The Grand Prix winner of the Nissan Art Award 2017 will receive the opportunity to participate in an artist residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.
The winner will be announced on Sept. 27.

Nissan Art Award 2017 announces five finalists


Carlos Ghosn, who has spent the last 51 days detained in a Japanese jail, could finally make a public statement in his first court appearance.
For the record, because history is going to be made, I am posting the original statement by Carlos Ghosn.

The presumption of innocence 推定無罪 must be observed in criminal matters!
The presumption of innocence must be a central principle, a fundamental rule to the present-day law system in Japan.
In dubio pro reo!

I am personally very annoyed by the whole matter (especially about the coverage by the Japanese media), which is, nationally and internationally viewed, a disgusting scandal.

Fact is, NISSAN’s parent Renault has so far maintained Ghosn in office as chairman and CEO, citing the presumption of innocence 推定無罪.
It’s also a scandal, that Mr. Saikawa has not fully disclosed to its parent company Renault all the facts and the reason why it dismissed Mr. Ghosn.
Thierry Bollore, deputy CEO of Renault, the company which owns 43% of NISSAN’s stocks, had written to NISSAN chief executive Hiroto Saikawa to request a shareholder meeting as soon as possible.
However, NISSAN has rejected Renault’s request for a shareholder meeting!
Which is an outrageous scandal, too.

Regarding the NISSAN ART AWARD and the history of Ghosn’s arrest, see the attached links:

https://www.nissan-global.com/JP/CITIZENSHIP/NAA/

世界の三番目、大金持ちの経済大国のニッポン。
World’s No.3, extremely rich, economic super-power Nippon.
http://art-culture.world/articles/extremely-rich-economic-super-power-nippon/

Tokyo, HEISEI 31, January 8th
Mario A


January 7, 2019

Statement of Carlos Ghosn

Your Honor,

I am grateful to finally have the opportunity to speak publicly. I look forward to beginning the process of defending myself against the accusations that have been made against me.

First, let me say that I have a genuine love and appreciation for Nissan. I believe strongly that in all of my efforts on behalf of the company, I have acted honorably, legally, and with the knowledge and approval of the appropriate executives inside the company—with the sole purpose of supporting and strengthening Nissan, and helping to restore its place as one of Japan’s finest and most respected companies.

Now I would like to address the allegations.

1. The FX Forward contracts

When I first joined Nissan and moved to Japan almost 20 years ago, I wanted to be paid in U.S. dollars, but was told that that was not possible and was given an employment contract that required me to be paid in Japanese yen. I have long been concerned about the volatility of the yen relative to the U.S. dollar. I am a U.S. dollar-based individual—my children live in the U.S. and I have strong ties to Lebanon, whose currency has a fixed exchange rate against the U.S. dollar. I wanted predictability in my income in order to help me take care of my family.

To deal with this issue, I entered into foreign exchange contracts throughout my tenure at Nissan, beginning in 2002. Two such contracts are at issue in this proceeding. One was signed in 2006, when the Nissan stock price was around 1500 yen and the yen/dollar rate was around 118. The other was signed in 2007, when the Nissan stock price was around 1400 yen and the yen/dollar exchange rate was around 114.

The 2008–2009 financial crisis caused Nissan’s shares to plummet to 400 yen in October 2008 and to 250 yen in February 2009 (down more than 80% from its peak) and the yen/dollar exchange rate dropped below 80. It was a perfect storm that no one predicted. The entire banking system was frozen, and the bank asked for an immediate increase in my collateral on the contracts, which I could not satisfy on my own.

I was faced with two stark choices:

1. Resign from Nissan, so that I could receive my retirement allowance, which I could then use to provide the necessary collateral. But my moral commitment to Nissan would not allow me to step down during that crucial time; a captain doesn’t jump ship in the middle of a storm.

2. Ask Nissan to temporarily take on the collateral, so long as it came to no cost to the company, while I gathered collateral from my other sources.

I chose option 2. The FX contracts were then transferred back to me without Nissan incurring any loss.

2. Khaled Juffali

Khaled Juffali has been a long-time supporter and partner of Nissan. During a very difficult period, Khaled Juffali Company helped Nissan solicit financing and helped Nissan solve a complicated problem involving a local distributor—indeed, Juffali helped Nissan restructure struggling distributors throughout the Gulf region, enablingNissan to better compete with rivals like Toyota, which was outperforming Nissan. Juffali also assisted Nissan in negotiating the development of a manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia, organizing high-level meetings with Saudi officials.

Khaled Juffali Company was appropriately compensated—an amount disclosed to and approved by the appropriate officers at Nissan—in exchange for these critical services that substantially benefited Nissan.

3. The FIEL Allegations

Four major companies sought to recruit me while I was CEO of Nissan, including Ford (by Bill Ford) and General Motors (by Steve Rattner, the then-Car Czar under President Barack Obama). Even though their proposals were very attractive, I could not in good conscience abandon Nissan while we were in the midst of our turnaround. Nissan is an iconic Japanese company that I care about deeply. Although I chose not to pursue the other opportunities, I did keep a record of the market compensation for my role, which those companies offered me if I had taken these jobs. This was an internal benchmark that I kept for my own future reference—it had no legal effect; it was never shared with the directors; and it never represented any kind of binding commitment. In fact, the various proposals for non-compete and advisory services post-retirement made by some members of the board did not reflect or reference my internal calculations, underscoring their hypothetical, non-binding nature.

Contrary to the accusations made by the prosecutors, I never received any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed, nor did I ever enter into any binding contract with Nissan to be paid a fixed amount that was not disclosed. Moreover, I understood that any draft proposals for post-retirement compensation were reviewed by internal and external lawyers, showing I had no intent to violate the law. For me, the test is the “death test”: if I died today, could my heirs require Nissan to pay anything other than my retirement allowance? The answer is an unequivocal “No.”

4. Contribution to Nissan

I have dedicated two decades of my life to reviving Nissan and building the Alliance. I worked toward these goals day and night, on the earth and in the air, standing shoulder to shoulder with hardworking Nissan employees around the globe, to create value. The fruits of our labors have been extraordinary. We transformed Nissan, moving it from a position of a debt of 2 trillion yen in 1999 to cash of 1.8 trillion yen at the end of 2006, from 2.5 million cars sold in 1999 at a significant loss to 5.8 million cars sold profitably in 2016. Nissan’s asset base tripled during the period. We saw the revival of icons like the Fairlady Z and Nissan G-TR; Nissan’s industrial entry into Wuhon, China, St. Petersburg, Russia, Chennai, India, and Resende, Brazil; the pioneering of a mass market for electric cars with the Leaf; the jumpstarting of autonomous cars; the introduction of Mitsubishi Motors to the Alliance; and the Alliance becoming the number one auto group in the world in 2017, producing more than 10 million cars annually. We created, directly and indirectly, countless jobs in Japan and reestablished Nissan as a pillar of the Japanese economy.

These accomplishments—secured alongside the peerless team of Nissan employees worldwide—are the greatest joy of my life, next to my family.

5. Conclusion

Your Honor, I am an innocent of the accusations made against me. I have always acted with integrity and have never been accused of any wrongdoing in my several-decade professional career. I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations.

Thank you, your Honor, for listening to me.


https://www.pscp.tv/w/1YqGorVyeAbKv
LIVE: Lawyers of ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn hold news conference after a hearing in Tokyo District Court


up-date 2019/1/15:
NIKKEI Newspaper 日経新聞 2019年1月14日

Nissan-Renault alliance sinks deeper into disarray without Ghosn
Overconcentration of power threatens two decades of international cooperation
January 14, 2019 13:00 JST

TOKYO — The alliance between Nissan Motor and Renault, once touted as a rare successful international business tie-up, has slipped further into confusion since Carlos Ghosn was arrested nearly two months ago.

quote:
Ghosn reportedly formed a “private team” of major American bankers and others to quietly work out an integration scenario. At a Nissan board meeting last September, he said only that he would like to advance the alliance.

But a veteran Japanese executive feared that Ghosn would advance his plan for management integration on his next visit to Japan, warning that Nissan would be absorbed by Renault unless it took countermeasures.

Suspicions grew stronger last spring of Ghosn having designs on Nissan. A top-secret team set up by Nissan began working to topple him in cooperation with the special investigation squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office. On Nov. 19, prosecutors arrested Ghosn upon his arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

日経 NISSAN 日産 NIKKEI 2019-1-14
日経 NISSAN 日産 NIKKEI 2019-1-14, screenshot

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Nissan-s-Ghosn-crisis/Nissan-Renault-alliance-sinks-deeper-into-disarray-without-Ghosn

「クーデター説、ばかげている」日産社長が一蹴
2019年1月15日 10時7分 読売新聞

【ロンドン=戸田雄】仏経済紙レゼコー(電子版)は14日、日産自動車の西川
広人社長兼最高経営責任者(CEO)のインタビューを報じた。
 西川氏は、日産の社内調査を共有すれば、ルノーもカルロス・ゴーン被告を解任するとの見解を示した。
 カルロス・ゴーン被告の処遇を巡っては、日産と三菱自動車は会長職を解任したのに対し、ルノーは会長兼CEOにとどめており、判断が分かれている。西川氏は、「推定無罪の原則は尊重している」とする一方で、「ルノーの取締役が事件の書類のすべてに目を通すことを希望している。もしそうできたなら、我々と同じ(解任という)結論に至るだろう」と述べた。
 海外メディアの一部では、ゴーン被告の逮捕が西川氏の「クーデター」だという見方が報じられたが、西川氏は「ばかげている」と一蹴した。
http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/15873609/