Tokyo — Nissan on Monday said it was the target of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inquiry, as the Japanese carmaker itself faces scrutiny in a financial scandal it has blamed on ousted chair Carlos Ghosn. Nissan has said Ghosn, first arrested on November 19 for financial misconduct, masterminded various financial improprieties including under-reporting his income. Ghosn has denied wrongdoing. Japanese prosecutors have charged Nissan along with Ghosn for under-reporting his pay, and Bloomberg earlier reported that the US regulator was investigating the company’s disclosures on executive pay. Bloomberg, citing sources, said the SEC is examining whether the company maintained adequate controls to prevent improper payments. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC also sent a request for information to Ghosn. A representative for Ghosn could not immediately be reached for comment. A Nissan spokesperson confirmed the automaker received an inquiry from the ...

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