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Ex-Nissan Chairman Ghosn Asks for Bail, Promises Not to Flee

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday asked for his release on bail from a two-month detention in Japan, promising he will report to prosecutors daily and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.

“As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasize that I will reside in Japan and respect any and all bail conditions the court concludes are warranted,” he said in a statement shared with The Associated Press through a representative of Ghosn and his family.

“I am not guilty of the charges against me and I look forward to defending my reputation in the courtroom; nothing is more important to me or to my family,” he said.

Ghosn, 64, and in custody since his Nov. 19 arrest, is due for a bail hearing Monday after his bail request was denied by a Tokyo court last week.

His latest request includes a lease for a Tokyo apartment, where he promises to live. The offer to wear a monitoring device is not standard for Japanese bail but is often included in U.S. bail conditions. No trial date has been set.

In Japan, suspects are often kept in detention until trials start, especially those who assert innocence, in what’s criticized as “hostage justice.” Tokyo prosecutors say Ghosn is a flight risk and may tamper with evidence. Legal experts, including Ghosn’s lawyers, say preparations for trials as complex as Ghosn’s take six months or longer.

Ghosn is also promising to give up his passport and hire security guards acceptable to prosecutors that he would pay for.

He has been charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his compensation from Nissan Motor Co., and breach of trust in having Nissan shoulder investment losses and pay a Saudi businessman.

Ghosn has asserted his innocence, saying the compensation was never decided, Nissan never suffered losses and the payments were for legitimate services for Nissan’s business in the Gulf.

He has been held in austere conditions at the Tokyo Detention Center, allowed visits only by embassy officials, lawyers and prosecutors. His wife, Carole Ghosn, has expressed worries about his health and appealed to Human Rights Watch about what she saw as his unfair and harsh treatment.   

Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, turning it around from near-bankruptcy to one of the world’s biggest and most successful auto groups. A Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry, with work experience in the U.S., Ghosn was admired internationally for his managerial skills. He was sent in 1999 by Renault SA of France, which owns 43 percent of Nissan.

Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa has denounced Ghosn, accusing him of using company money and assets for personal gain. But Nissan’s oversight has raised serious questions about governance at the automaker behind the Leaf electric car and Infiniti luxury models.      

Nissan’s internal investigation found Nissan purchased homes and furnishings for Ghosn in Lebanon and Brazil, but only a handful of people at Nissan knew, according to people familiar with the probe. Nissan still owns the homes.     

The latest development in the investigation was discussed by the board of Nissan’s Japanese alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp. last week, centering on millions of dollars of salary and bonus pay to Ghosn by the automakers’ joint venture in Amsterdam last year, which neither Mitsubishi nor Nissan knew about.

No charges have been filed on these payments, which are separate from the compensation from Nissan cited in the charges already filed.

Ghosn’s compensation was long a sticking point in Japan, where the income difference between executives and workers is so minimal that company presidents are also called “salarymen.” Ghosn has said he deserved pay comparable to other star leaders of global companies.             

Ghosn defended his record at Nissan at a Tokyo court earlier this month.

“I have a genuine love and appreciation for Nissan. I believe strongly that in all of my efforts on behalf of the company, I have acted honorably, legally, and with the knowledge and approval of the appropriate executives inside the company,” he said. 

 

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Ex-Nissan Chairman Ghosn Asks for Bail, Promises Not to Flee

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday asked for his release on bail from a two-month detention in Japan, promising he will report to prosecutors daily and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.

“As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasize that I will reside in Japan and respect any and all bail conditions the court concludes are warranted,” he said in a statement shared with The Associated Press through a representative of Ghosn and his family.

“I am not guilty of the charges against me and I look forward to defending my reputation in the courtroom; nothing is more important to me or to my family,” he said.

Ghosn, 64, and in custody since his Nov. 19 arrest, is due for a bail hearing Monday after his bail request was denied by a Tokyo court last week.

His latest request includes a lease for a Tokyo apartment, where he promises to live. The offer to wear a monitoring device is not standard for Japanese bail but is often included in U.S. bail conditions. No trial date has been set.

In Japan, suspects are often kept in detention until trials start, especially those who assert innocence, in what’s criticized as “hostage justice.” Tokyo prosecutors say Ghosn is a flight risk and may tamper with evidence. Legal experts, including Ghosn’s lawyers, say preparations for trials as complex as Ghosn’s take six months or longer.

Ghosn is also promising to give up his passport and hire security guards acceptable to prosecutors that he would pay for.

He has been charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his compensation from Nissan Motor Co., and breach of trust in having Nissan shoulder investment losses and pay a Saudi businessman.

Ghosn has asserted his innocence, saying the compensation was never decided, Nissan never suffered losses and the payments were for legitimate services for Nissan’s business in the Gulf.

He has been held in austere conditions at the Tokyo Detention Center, allowed visits only by embassy officials, lawyers and prosecutors. His wife, Carole Ghosn, has expressed worries about his health and appealed to Human Rights Watch about what she saw as his unfair and harsh treatment.   

Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, turning it around from near-bankruptcy to one of the world’s biggest and most successful auto groups. A Brazilian-born Frenchman of Lebanese ancestry, with work experience in the U.S., Ghosn was admired internationally for his managerial skills. He was sent in 1999 by Renault SA of France, which owns 43 percent of Nissan.

Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa has denounced Ghosn, accusing him of using company money and assets for personal gain. But Nissan’s oversight has raised serious questions about governance at the automaker behind the Leaf electric car and Infiniti luxury models.      

Nissan’s internal investigation found Nissan purchased homes and furnishings for Ghosn in Lebanon and Brazil, but only a handful of people at Nissan knew, according to people familiar with the probe. Nissan still owns the homes.     

The latest development in the investigation was discussed by the board of Nissan’s Japanese alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp. last week, centering on millions of dollars of salary and bonus pay to Ghosn by the automakers’ joint venture in Amsterdam last year, which neither Mitsubishi nor Nissan knew about.

No charges have been filed on these payments, which are separate from the compensation from Nissan cited in the charges already filed.

Ghosn’s compensation was long a sticking point in Japan, where the income difference between executives and workers is so minimal that company presidents are also called “salarymen.” Ghosn has said he deserved pay comparable to other star leaders of global companies.             

Ghosn defended his record at Nissan at a Tokyo court earlier this month.

“I have a genuine love and appreciation for Nissan. I believe strongly that in all of my efforts on behalf of the company, I have acted honorably, legally, and with the knowledge and approval of the appropriate executives inside the company,” he said. 

 

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Помер виконавчий продюсер «Рембо» Ендрю Вайна

Американський продюсер угорського походження Ендрю Вайна помер 20 січня у віці 74 років, повідомляють західні ЗМІ.

Про смерть Вайни також заявив прем’єр-міністр Угорщини Віктор Орбан.

«Ми прощаємось із великим угорським кінопродюсером. Прощавай, Енді! Дякую за все, друже!» – написав він.

Новину про смерть Вайни вже прокоментував режисер Джеймс Кемерон, який назвав його «чудовим другом і партнером».

«Мені бракуватиме його, його почуття гумору, класу й стилю, але понад усе – поїздок на мотоциклах», – написав Кемерон.

Вайна народився в Будапешті у 1944 році та емігрував спершу до Канади, а потім до Сполучених Штатів у віці 12 років після антирадянського повстання 1956 року. У США він заснував продюсерську компанію, в якій спродюсував 59 фільмів.

Серед робіт, до створення яких він долучився як продюсер чи виконавчий продюсер – «Рембо: Перша кров», «Рембо: Перша кров. Частина ІІ», «Рембо ІІІ» із Сільвестром Сталоне, чотири фільми «Термінатор», «Згадати все» і «Червона спека» з Арнольдом Шварценегером.

У 2011 році Ендрю Вайну в рідній Угорщині призначили урядовим комісаром, відповідальним за стратегію збереження і розвитку угорського кінематографу.

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Сенатор-республіканець закликає Трампа зустрітися з прем’єром Пакистану

Сенатор від Республіканської партії Ліндсі Грем заявив, що закликатиме президента Сполучених Штатів Дональда Трампа зустрітися з прем’єр-міністром Пакистану Імраном Ханом, щоб перезавантажити складні відносини між двома країнами.

Таку заяву він зробив у столиці Пакистану Ісламабаді 20 січня після зустрічі з Ханом.

«Я думаю, вони б порозумілися при зустрічі, адже вони схожі за характерами», – заявив Грем, який загалом послідовно підтримує Трампа.

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На думку сенатора, який входить до комісії Сенату у справах Збройних сил США, за уряду Хана Вашингтон має шанс поліпшити відносини з Ісламабадом.

США і Афганістан неодноразово звинувачували Пакистан у тому, що ця країна нібито надає притулок бойовикам екстремістського угруповання «Талібан». Пакистан звинувачення відкидає.

18 січня стало відомо, що Трамп скасував візити офіційних делегацій Білого Дому на Всесвітній економічний форум у швейцарському Давосі та до Афганістану через шатдаун у Сполучених Штатах.

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Синоптики попереджають про сильний сніг у кількох областях

У кількох регіонах України очікується сильний снігопад 21 січня, попереджає Укргідрометцентр.

За прогнозом, сніжитиме у Полтавській, Черкаській, Харківській, Кіровоградській і Дніпропетровській областях. Крім того, сильний мокрий сніг очікується у Донецькій, Луганській, Херсонській, Миколаївській і Одеській областях.

Погодні умови в Укргідрометцентрі оцінюють як потенційно небезпечні.

Про сильні опади у південно-східних регіонах у зв’язку з циклоном попереджає й синоптик Наталка Діденко.

При цьому на сході й півдні України 21 січня очікується близько 0 градусів за Цельсієм удень і від 1 до 9 градусів морозу вночі. В центральних областях і на заході температура в середньому сягатиме -2 – -4 градуси за Цельсієм удень і -7 – -9 вночі.

Раніше 20 січня Державна служба з надзвичайних ситуацій попереджала про ймовірність сходження снігу на дороги в гірських районах на заході України.

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North Korean Art Troupe to Visit China

A North Korean art troupe will visit China starting on Wednesday, Chinese state media said on Sunday.

The troupe will be led by Ri Su Yong, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee and director of its International Department, the official Xinhua news agency said, without providing other details.

China has sought to remain front and center in diplomatic efforts over Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the fourth time earlier this month, ahead of Kim’s second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The White House said on Friday the summit between Trump and Kim will be held in late February.

An all-female North Korean pop band formed by Kim abruptly cancelled a Beijing concert and headed back home to Pyongyang without performing in late 2015.

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North Korean Art Troupe to Visit China

A North Korean art troupe will visit China starting on Wednesday, Chinese state media said on Sunday.

The troupe will be led by Ri Su Yong, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee and director of its International Department, the official Xinhua news agency said, without providing other details.

China has sought to remain front and center in diplomatic efforts over Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the fourth time earlier this month, ahead of Kim’s second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The White House said on Friday the summit between Trump and Kim will be held in late February.

An all-female North Korean pop band formed by Kim abruptly cancelled a Beijing concert and headed back home to Pyongyang without performing in late 2015.

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World’s Oldest Living Man Dies

The world’s oldest man has died at the age of 113.

Masazo Nomaka of Japan died in his sleep early Sunday in his home in Ashoro, according to his family.  

“He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all,” his granddaughter Yuko told Kyodo News.

Nomaka was born in 1905, just months before Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity.

His family has owned and operated a hot springs inn for four generations that remains in the family. according to the Associated Press,

Last year Guinness officially recognized Nomaka as the world’s oldest man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera.

Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies. The oldest living man on record is also Japanese.  Jiroemon Kimura died in June 2013 at the age of 116.