Regarding the Dec. 2 Timeout article “Japan’s whistle-blower supreme speaks out“: Former Olympus Corp. President and CEO Michael Woodford deserves full credit for his accomplishments with Olympus in Europe, and for bringing the appalling status of corporate governance in Japan to a largely naive audience.

Woodford’s failure in Japan is not the result of external circumstances; it is due to the simple fact that, unlike Carlos Ghosn (chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance) and many others, Woodford could not successfully manage across borders and cultures in today’s global economy.

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