It’s been a crazy couple of years for Nissan’s former CEO Carlos Ghosn, and an even crazier past several days considering that he’s just absconded from Japanese house arrest, crossed international borders, and ended up five thousand miles away in the safety of the non-extradition country of Lebanon.
One could say Ghosn’s troubles began in November of 2018 when he was first arrested on charges of false accounting upon arrival by plane to Tokyo Haneda Airport. Since then it’s become obvious that the conspiracy against him must’ve started much earlier, and also must’ve included many members of Nissan’s inner circle – as well as Japanese prosecutors. Is Ghosn guilty of lining his own pockets with inappropriate expenditures of company funds, or is he being railroaded by a rigged Japanese legal system in cahoots with the Nissan Group zaibatsu?
This story actually begins much earlier, during the early twentieth century when the economy of industrializing Japan had evolved to be controlled by large and powerful family-owned monopolistic organizations called zaibatsu. Some zaibatsu of this period could even trace their roots back to far earlier eras of Japan’s history; this effectively resulted in zaibatsu having untold power and influence by the time of the reign of The Empire of Japan leading up to and during WWII.
Nissan is one of the companies that existed as a zaibatsu starting in 1928, and it stands to reason that in present day, Nissan might continue to operate by certain deep-rooted traditional (and nationalistic) principles advantageous to itself – such as ousting a CEO that had significantly altered the balance of power between a storied historical Japanese conglomerate and the French company of Renault. For better or for worse, Japan remains until this day one of the most racially homogeneous nations in the world, and the Japanese are historically unapologetic regarding their opinions and actions when it comes to foreigners or foreign influence within the land of the rising sun. It’s hardly a far-fetched concept that Nissan would not want a gaijin (外人 – alien/outsider) firm like Renault to embarrassingly be able to assert too much power within the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.
There are rumors that senior Nissan and government officials had become displeased with the measures Ghosn had taken over the past seventeen years as part of restructuring various aspects of Nissan and its relationships with Renault and Mitsubishi in order to bring it back to profitability. Those measures had widely been received as successful, with Ghosn being awarded Asia Businessman of the Year by Fortune magazine in 2002, and Man of the Year by Fortune Asia in 2003.
Apparently, these accolades and the successful turn around of Nissan’s financial woes weren’t enough to keep Ghosn in favor in the long term – how can the disparity be bridged between the highs of Ghosn’s career and the lows of being arrested and criminally charged? The answer most likely lies somewhere in the complexities of Japanese politics and the desire in Japan for Japanese corporations to be controlled by…the Japanese (not for instance say…the French).
Some would say that the Nissan Group zaibatsu that began in 1928 no longer exists in the same form today, and therefore that the type of nationalistic conspiracy required in order to dismantle Carlos Ghosn’s career and reverse the policies enacted under his direction as CEO of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance couldn’t in fact happen in modern Japan…
Whilst it is indeed true that the zaibatsu were dismantled in post-WWII era Japan as part of mandatory changes implemented by the United States, it wasn’t long before a similar system emerged which could really be considered as a further evolved model of the zaibatsu – the keiretsu system.
It was under the keiretsu-dominated economy that Japan rose as an economic powerhouse through the 1980’s and it is the keiretsu system that still reigns supreme in Japan today. Keiretsu do have key structural differences and aren’t as similar to oligarch-type organizations as the zaibatsu were, however they do still involve various horizontal and vertical integrations such as zaibatsu utilized and their components work together to ensure the success of the keiretsu overall. In effect, portions of modern day Japan’s economy still operate in a very similar manner as in the zaibatsu era, and this combined with the innate nationalism of such a system along with Japan’s historically nationalistic behaviors overall could most certainly help to explain a conspiracy against Carlos Ghosn and a desire to alter Renault’s position in the alliance.
What has all of this meant for Ghosn? Not only has he been painted by Nissan and the Japanese legal system as a thieving villain – plundering Nissan accounts to fuel his lifestyle – but he’s also been arrested and incarcerated twice, and confined to house arrest with his passports confiscated. He’s effectively been unfairly convicted in the court of public opinion as a result of the efforts of the Japanese, who even pressured French prosecutors to launch an investigation from their side as well.
Is this what the man who effectively rescued Nissan and Renault from their lackluster mid-90’s levels of performance and elevated them to their current successful positions in the industry (with Nissan’s electric Leaf dominating EV market share even over Tesla)? It seems the Japanese aren’t very good at saying “thanks” to someone who devoted seventeen years of his life to fixing one of their oldest zaibatsu/keiretsu corporations…
Facing an obvious crucifixion in an obviously rigged Japanese legal system, Ghosn did the only thing he could do in order to hope to achieve any sort of justice and finally remove himself from being shuttled in and out of Japanese jails and house arrest – he skipped bail and fled. What’s most interesting however is that not only was he able to first get out of the island nation, but that he was able to covertly get all the way to Lebanon, a country which has been kind to him as of late and is more than willing to house a wealthy man of Arab descent (his grandfather was born in Lebanon). Extradition is currently not even a remote possibility, and Ghosn could spend no doubt the rest of his life there if he so chooses, but could also wait out the current witch hunt until a fair trial could perhaps be held in a safe and international (and impartial) location.
What’s next in store for Ghosn? Will he forever remain in Lebanon in order to avoid unfair persecution at the betraying hands of his former team at Nissan, spending the rest of his life on the lam…or will he eventually get his day in court – one that can promise due process and a fair shake? Like the rest of us, all Ghosn can do for now is… wait…
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Back in 2014 when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – AKA the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – was gaining world-wide notoriety after several successful military campaigns and several YouTube’d beheadings of foreigners, a strange phenomenon began to increase where women living in various countries fled to the middle east in order to be brides under the rule of the ISIS/ISIL caliphate.
Most of these brides were of middle eastern / near eastern descent and followers of Islam who apparently believed that the ISIS caliphate was going to be a permanent fixture in the region and be a place where they could live with fellow Muslims sharing their beliefs, while having families without the “oppression” of the western capitalist infidel societies that their “home” countries were members of, and were subjecting them to.
One such young woman – Hoda Muthana – left from Alabama in the United States at age twenty and traveled to ISIS-held territory where she then married an ISIS fighter and was his wife until his death in 2015, at which point she married another fighter and had his child. Seems like a stand-up girl. Overall, Muthana had three jihadist husbands during her five-year holy war stint, and when the end was finally near (ISIS territory being compressed down to only a few square miles) she eventually surrendered to U.S. troops in January of 2019.
Back in 2015 however, she appeared to be satisfied indeed with life in the new caliphate as she was quite active on her Twitter account suggesting to others to join her holy war cause and also kill citizens in the U.S. before they left… This is not to even mention what sort of support she must have provided militant extremists while she was living with them and they were you know…killing innocent civilians and allied troops in their never-ending thirst for the endless expansion of their caliphate through the murder of others and the theft of the corresponding resources. This was actually how ISIS became such a threat in the first place. In the spirit of Islam they grew like a cancer in the region by attacking quickly and using the wealth and equipment from gained territory to further fuel more murder and raiding/plundering.
As the ISIS/ISIL caliphate grew, and as they garnered ever more attention with savage and barbaric beheadings of usually abducted foreigners, many people worldwide such as ISIS brides like Hoda showed their true colors and what they really support when only given the slightest chance to do so.
Did Hoda support the freedom and equality that she enjoyed in the United States? Apparently not, and not only did she wish to go live with her true people showing her true colors, she also simultaneously sought the death and destruction of the U.S. and its citizens as well. Why wouldn’t it just be enough to go and live in her middle eastern homeland one might ask? No one can answer that question but Hoda who also should probably tell us why in the absolute HELL she thinks she should be granted entry BACK into the U.S. after the effective “fall of ISIS”. It seems like Hoda only wants the downfall of western civilization whenever it’s convenient for her and when it’s not, she would actually like to go back and live in it – and also “have her own car” as per her latest interviews.
The best part about all of this is the mainstream media being crass enough to fuel a discussion of this ridiculous double-Benedict-Arnold by sympathetically showing pictures of her and her Jihadi-born son as if Americans are supposed to either feel sorry for this woman (who effectively wanted us to all die), or for even a moment at all entertain the possibility of any sort of legal “right” which she claims to have for re-entry as a “citizen” of the United States – a claim which President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have rejected.
First, this woman is technically an enemy of the state, possibly guilty of war crimes herself for even being a part of ISIS – and again, not to mention whatever actual support role she served for them during her tenure, which may have included assisting with the torturing and killing of ISIS’ opponents etc – but at the very least, she most certainly is a traitor, which during a time of war is punishable by death (on the spot).
Then there is the fact that when she was born in New Jersey, her farther was a foreign diplomat from Yemen who was only still in the U.S. due to an extension to his diplomatic stay granted as a result of the civil unrest and conditions at the time in his home country. That’s right, whenever some sort of amnesty or asylum is granted to these sorts of people, it always comes back to bite the U.S. in the ass because they sooner or later use that against us.
First, her family should not have even been in the U.S. when she was born, but they were still here simply out of the kindness of America’s heart. Secondly, her father was still a diplomat at the time, and the children of diplomats born in the U.S. are not granted citizenship by birth. On no planet in no universe does Hoda have ANY claim to U.S. citizenship REGARDLESS of the fact that even if she once did, that would all be null and void due to her absconding to go support an enemy of the U.S. (and of the free world), and directly supporting insurgents engaged in active and deadly combat with U.S. and allied forces.
Lastly… the United States government can do this thing called revoking your citizenship – which it doesn’t have to do in this case since she was never a citizen – but not only does the U.S. have certain legal provisions for doing so (which Hoda has certainly met), but at the end of the day, they can do it at any time for any reason to any person because simply…who in the hell is going to stop them? The U.S. can revoke your citizenship and tie up all legal appeals to that action for the next hundred years and who is going to prevent that while you sit in the sand in Syria? Hoda is this thing called one dumb mother fucker – the same as most or all supporters of Jihad. The only difference here is that she is having the chance to show the world just how abhorrently stupid she is due to the media’s attention. It’s almost comical that the same girl who said to other would-be ISIS brides to “…go on drivebys, and spill all of their blood…” before coming to join her cause in Syria is now saying “…I want to go to school, I want to have a job and I want to have my own car…”
Apparently Hoda only wants the American dream whenever she fails to destroy it, has no ISIS ground left to stand on, and is stuck in a Syrian refugee camp… Thank God a federal judge this November has ruled that Hoda and her son are in fact NOT citizens of the U.S. and that her request for entry into this country stands as denied. Dumb bitch.
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