Another Scandal Unsettles Corporate Japan

It is the second wild boardroom drama to shake up corporate Japan in days: the country’s leading tissue maker, Daio Paper, said on Friday that it would file a criminal complaint against its former chairman, accusing him of illicitly borrowing $140 million in company money and channeling some of it to a Las Vegas casino company.

The controversy provides yet another lens into the seemingly free-wheeling behavior — and disregard for corporate governance — still seen among top management at some of Japan’s leading companies.

Olympus, the medical imaging and digital camera maker, has lost half its stock market value this month since its ousted chief executive released internal documents that he said showed that the company made over $1 billion in improper payments over a series of acquisitions.

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