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Nissan was led astray by Ghosn's success, CEO says

Former chairman 'used close associates' to hide misconduct

Nissan President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa speaks with Nikkei on Feb. 27. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor's "total dependence" on Carlos Ghosn, its former chairman, left the Japanese carmaker open to corporate malfeasance, CEO Hiroto Saikawa said in an interview with Nikkei, marking the 100th day since the arrest of the man once regarded as the company's savior.

Saikawa acknowledged that there had been little discussion over governance. He admitted that the company had given the Brazilian-born tycoon -- who denies all charges -- a great deal of freedom owing to his success in turning around Nissan.

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