TOKYO: An accounting scandal involving massive Japanese conglomerate Toshiba deepened on Saturday as reports said the company’s president would likely be forced to resign. The resignation of Toshiba President Hisao Tanaka will be finalised after a third-party panel tasked with investigating the scandal releases its report as early as next week. The Japanese firm, which makes everything from batteries to nuclear reactors, has allegedly overstated around 200 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in its group operating profits for the five years to March 2014. The accounting irregularities are believed to have affected its mainstay infrastructure-related, semiconductor, television and personal computer businesses. Tanaka and former president and current Vice Chairman Norio Sasaki are among those behind the profit-padding, the reports said, as they allegedly put excessive pressure on subordinates to achieve profit targets. Sasaki, who served as Toshiba president between June 2009 and June 2013, will also resign over the scandal.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2015.
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