Olympus fiasco strengthens the case for Japan reform

October 17, 2011

Olympus' embarrassing decision to dump its foreign chief executive two weeks after naming him to the job shows that reform is a slow and fitful process.

Olympus’ ex-CEO no shoo-in for post-scandal return

December 7, 2011

Michael Woodford wants to his job back at the Japanese group now that those accused of covering up investment losses have left the board that fired him. But the same board hired him, and he only ran the company for six months. Olympus shareholders should make sure to look around.

Don’t blame Japan for foreign CEO departures

April 20, 2012

Yes, its insular culture may have alienated bosses at Nippon Sheet Glass, Olympus and Nomura. But merger pains, fraud and headstrong directors are problems everywhere. The more they go abroad, the more Japanese companies will have foreign executives - and not all will work out.

Review: How a maverick CEO exposed a scandal at Olympus

November 30, 2012

Society needs whistle-blowers, but it’s hard, lonely work. Michael Woodford fought a $1.7 billion cover-up at the company he led - using grit, friends, the media, and a few foreign investors. Woodford’s prose may clunk. But his integrity is welcome in an age of corporate scandal.