Fujitsu Ex-President Sues Company

A former president of Fujitsu Ltd. filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Japanese technology company and four of its executives, seeking a total of about 380 million yen ($4.5 million) in damages, his lawyers said.

In a statement released Tuesday, Kuniaki Nozoe’s lawyers said Fujitsu made false accusations of links to organized crime against Mr. Nozoe and pressured him to resign without giving him a chance to defend himself. As well as seeking compensation, Mr. Nozoe is demanding that Fujitsu place an apology advertisement in national newspapers.

Mr. Nozoe, who resigned as president last September, filed the lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday morning, the lawyers said.

A Fujitsu spokesman declined to comment, saying the company has yet to receive notification of the lawsuit.
The case is a rare example in Japan’s usually staid business world of a top executive engaging in a public fight with his former employer. Mr. Nozoe first went public in March with his claim that he was forced out of the company.

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