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Nissan factories were desperate to please 'Le Cost Cutter'

Japanese plants were forced to trim back and inspectors were let go

Nissan's factories in Japan, like this one in Fukushima Prefecture, have found themselves under constant pressure to cut costs. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- The scandal that led Nissan Motor to recall more than a million cars earlier this year goes back to the cutthroat style of "Le Cost Cutter," a nickname Chairman Carlos Ghosn earned while turning around French automaker Renault.

Ghosn later pulled off a similar miracle at Nissan, one that left Japanese factories in an ever-tightening vice.

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