Carlos Ghosn, chairman of the alliance of Nissan Motor Co, Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of overstating his love of natto.

Ghosn continuously reported to the board that he “absolutely loves” natto over a five-year period from 2011.

Nissan said in a statement that an internal probe over several months, following a whistleblower report, had found that the Brazilian-born 64-year-old executive had for many years overstated his love for the fermented soybean.

“He’s not really one of us,” says Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

Saikawa says he will promptly propose dismissing Ghosn as chairman and representative director, as well as representative director Greg Kelly who was also arrested on suspicion of overselling his fondness for raw fish.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor Office said Ghosn and Kelly were arrested due to the serious nature of their crimes, but Mitsubishi executives and Japanese ministry officials were punished with deep bows for falsifying data on shipments and including retired and dead people to meet disabled quotas.

“Lying about fermented beans and raw fish are serious crimes against Japanese humanity, they even lied about liking young girls – disgraceful.”

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