Motoko Rich

The New York Times


  • Currently is the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times
  • She has been a reporter with The Times since 2003, and has covered real estate, publishing, economics and education.
  • She started her journalism career at The Financial Times in London and worked at The Wall Street Journal for six years in Atlanta and New York.
Carlos Ghosn Faces New Charges in Japan as Pressure Mounts

Jan 11

Prosecutors made fresh accusations on Friday against the former Nissan chairman, setting up a legal battle that could keep him in custody for months.

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Carlos Ghosn, Emerging in Public, Lays Out His Defense

Jan 8

Carlos Ghosn’s image on a TV news program in Tokyo on Tuesday. The former Nissan chief said he had “never received any compensation from Nissan that was not disclosed.”

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Carlos Ghosn Defends Himself in First Public Remarks

Jan 8

Mr. Ghosn, the ousted Nissan chief, made his first public appearance since his November arrest to defend himself in a Tokyo court against charges of financial wrongdoing.

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North Korea’s Envoy to Italy Disappears, Raising Suspicions of a Defection

Jan 3

Cho Seong-gil, whose term in Rome was nearing its end, has been in hiding since early November, according to a South Korean lawmaker.

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Kim Jong-un, Ready to Meet Trump ‘at Any Time,’ Demands U.S. End Sanctions

Jan 1

In his New Year’s Day speech, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said he was ready to meet with President Trump again, but warned against continued sanctions against his country.

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The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

Dec 30

Mr. Ghosn, the ousted Nissan executive, wasn’t supposed to succeed in Japan, but he never expected to fail like this. He faces charges of financial wrongdoing at the company he helped save.

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Carlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Chairman, Faces Setback in Japan

Dec 21

Authorities rearrested the once powerful auto executive for breach of trust, diminishing the chance that he will be freed on bail in coming days.

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Nissan Board Member Thought He Was Going to a Meeting. Then He Was Arrested.

Dec 20

A monitor showing Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan chairman, left, and Greg Kelly, a board member, on a news program in Tokyo last month. Mr. Kelly’s family and his American lawyer say he was lured to Japan to attend a board meeting but was arrested when he arrived a…

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Arrest of High-Flying Nissan Boss Sheds Light on Japan’s Justice System

Dec 19

Carlos Ghosn is being held as prosecutors question him daily. Investigators are exploring possible financial wrongdoing related to his nearly 20-year career at Nissan.

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Carlos Ghosn’s Successor at Nissan? The Board Is in No Hurry

Dec 17

The automaker appointed a special committee to review its corporate governance but declined to set a timetable for picking a new chairman.

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Five Marines Declared Dead After Aviation Disaster

Dec 11

The Marines were declared dead six days after two American military planes crashed off the coast of Japan during a routine training exercise.

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Bucking a Global Trend, Japan Seeks More Immigrants. Ambivalently.

Dec 7

A caregiver and a resident at Mother’s Garden, a nursing home in Kashiwa, Japan. “If we aren’t helped by foreign workers, this business would not survive,” its director says.

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Carlos Ghosn Can Remain in Tokyo Jail for 10 More Days

Nov 30

A Tokyo court gave prosecutors an extension as they investigate allegations of financial misconduct by Mr. Ghosn, the head of the Renault-Nissan alliance.

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Ghosn Is Removed as Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors in New Setback

Nov 26

The board of the Japanese automaker acted after Nissan also removed Carlos Ghosn as chairman and accused him of underreporting his income to the government.

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Nissan’s Board Removes Carlos Ghosn as Chairman in Wake of His Arrest

Nov 22

Nissan’s chairman, Carlos Ghosn, seen above on the screen, was arrested in Tokyo on Monday over a suspected breach of Japanese financial laws.

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Carlos Ghosn Felt Stars Deserved Big Pay. His Accusers Say He Took That Too Far.

Nov 21

He earned a reputation as one of his generation’s most successful C.E.O.s, but now the way Carlos Ghosn managed his own rewards may prove to be his downfall.

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Nissan Plans to Oust Carlos Ghosn as Chairman Over Financial Misconduct

Nov 19

The company said that Mr. Ghosn had underreported his compensation to the financial authorities for several years and that it was cooperating with Japanese prosecutors.

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Facing Tensions Close to Home, Japan’s Abe Cements Alliance with Australia

Nov 16

Japan’s prime minister paid homage to Australians killed by Japanese bombs, courting the country amid wariness over China and strained ties with South Korea.

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Suicides Among Japanese Children Reach Highest Level in 3 Decades

Nov 6

A total of 250 children in elementary, middle and high schools committed suicide last year, the highest number since 1986, Japan’s Education Ministry said.

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Japan’s Leader Goes to Beijing. Here’s What’s at Stake.

Oct 26

Premier Li Keqiang of China, right, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan attended a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday.

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