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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn's case highlights Japan's sensitivities on executive pay

Japanese managers earn 10% as much as American peers

The CEOs of Broadcom, CBS and TripAdvisor earned about $103 million, $68 million and $43 million last year, far outpacing their Japanese peers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Despite the outcry over the hefty compensation received by ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn from Nissan Motor, Japanese executives typically earn only a tenth of what their peers in the U.S. make, raising concern in some quarters that corporate Japan may lose out to global rivals in its quest for talent.

In addition to bringing Japanese compensation into line with international standards, injecting transparency into decision-making regarding executive pay will be crucial.

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