I spent part of the recent weekend binge-watching series two of "The Crown" on Netflix. (Yes, I will admit, I am hooked.) One of my favorite scenes has been when the personal secretary has almost concluded his report to the queen but then says, "Ma'am, there is one more thing I must bring to your attention" and goes on to reveal some impending crisis that threatens to bring down the monarchy or bring doom and gloom on the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Certainly, several CEOs of major Japanese companies have been in a similar position this year, with people coming to them with revelations that the company had been involved in some activity that was not exactly above board, or even worse to report that a whistleblower had posted something indicating malfeasance by the company on social media.

It's everyone's worst nightmare. A crisis.