Corporate Accounting Scandal: Toshiba CEO, top executives resign over accounting scandal

Japan’s Toshiba Corporation, reported its chief executive was stepping down on Tuesday following an independent investigation discovered he had been conscious the organization had been bolstering its earnings over several years.

Chief executive officer and President Hisao Tanaka will be replaced by Chairman Masashi Muromachi effective Wednesday, the organization explained in a statement, adding it was taking into consideration appointing outside directors to more than fifty percent of its board chairs.

Tanaka’s predecessors, Vice Chairman Norio Sasaki and adviser Atsutoshi Nishida, will also step down following the third-party review demonstrated they also played a part in the overstatement connected with earnings returning to the 2008 fiscal year.

The report released on Monday explained Toshiba had over-stated its operating profit by 151.8 billion yen ($1.2 billion) over many years, approximately three times the Toshiba’s preliminary estimation.

While addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the Accounting irregularities at Toshiba were “very regrettable”, coming at a time when Japan is seeking to regain global investors’ confidence with better corporate governance.

The investigation came out just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has implemented fresh guidelines to improve the country’s corporate governance.

Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational organization based in Tokyo, Japan. Its diversified products and services include information technology and communications devices and systems, electronic components and materials, power solutions, consumer electronics, household appliances and others.

Toshiba is organised into four business categories; the Digital Products Group, the Electronic Devices Group, the Home Appliances Group and the Social Infrastructure Group.