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Japanese regulators recommend $22 million fine on Nissan

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 4:28 PM
In this December 2, 2019, file photo, Nissan Chief Executive Makoto Uchida speaks during a press conference at the automaker's headquarters in Yokohama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese securities regulators are recommending that automaker Nissan be fined 2.4 billion yen ($22 million) for under-reporting compensation for its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

The watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, said Tuesday it made the recommendation to the government’s Financial Services Agency over disclosure documents from 2014 through 2017.

Nissan said it accepted the penalty and had corrected its securities documents in May, although its final decision will come after it receives official notice.

“The company takes this recommendation extremely seriously,” it said in a statement.

Nissan was charged earlier with under-reporting Ghosn’s compensation.

Companies are required to report the money they pay executives in annual statements to the securities exchange.

The allegations involve money Ghosn could have received in the future after retirement.

Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and is out on bail.

He has been charged with under-reporting his compensation and other financial misconduct. He says he is innocent and has said the future compensation was never agreed upon or paid.

His trial has not yet started.

Prosecutors say they are confident they have a case but won’t disclose details.

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