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The many lessons of Ghosn-sensei

The multicultural executive taught corporate Japan what being global was all about

A line at Nissan Motor Kyushu's plant

What does Carlos Ghosn mean to Japan? Although the Nissan Motor CEO was modest in describing his life and career in his series of autobiographical essays published in The Nikkei, anyone would agree that he has changed post-bubble Japan.

Ghosn has never been afraid to question what are seen as the golden rules for success in corporate Japan. Before the economic bubble collapsed in the 1990s, the general thinking in the Japanese business world was that there should be no winners or losers. But economic activity inevitably creates these gaps, and trying to stop that from happening contradicts economic rationality.

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