back to article NTT boss takes early retirement to atone for data leak

NTT West president Masaaki Moribayashi announced his resignation on Thursday, effective at the end of March, in atonement for the leak of data pertaining to 9.28 million customers that came to light last October. "Our social responsibility is extremely important. I'm stepping down to take the blame," stated the president as …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Taking the fall

    So he's resigning because of something (one of) his predecessor(s) did ?

    Wow. our CEOs over here really have it good. Most of them wouldn't resign even when they did screw up. Those who do resign are mostly made to do so by the Board.

    Honor ? Yeah, they've read about it.

    1. munnoch Bronze badge

      Re: Taking the fall

      Look up Amakudari...

      1. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

        Re: Taking the fall [Does He Have a Golden Parachute or Paraglider?]

        Re: looking up 'amakudari' -- Jeffrey's Japanese dictionary (formerly at and other places) is offline or removed-from-service. My web browser bookmark, pointing to "" gives me a Server Not Found error. Google Translate is not helpful. Do you have other search suggestions?

        Re: What I'd like to know -- how does the Japanese system for this work? Does he get a big payout, is he permanently unemployed, does he stay home tending bonsai or working on his golf swing for a few months until people forget, then return to NTT as an "executive consultant", does he slide into a similarly-high position in a different company or government agency, or what?

        1. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

          Re: Taking the fall [Does He Have a Golden Parachute or Paraglider?]

          amakudari (n,vs,vi) (1) retiring high-ranking government officials taking a lucrative job in a private or semi-private corporation;

          This link currently works for Jeffrey's Japanese <-> English Dictionary Server:

  2. trevorde Silver badge

    How things are done here

    * press release denying data leak

    * press release admitting data leak & announcing investigation

    * blame data leak on 'configuration error'

    * redundancies

    * huge bonus for CEO

  3. s. pam Silver badge

    Perhaps Fujitsu's leaders will do same

    Or practice and perfect the art of Seppuku? After all, on their watch, they've benefited massively whilst innocent subpostmasters topped themselves.

    Seems it's the least their leadership could do but I must be sniffing glue, again!

  4. disgruntled yank

    Very Japanese

    In the US, "I take full responsibility" commonly seems to mean "Shut up, I don't want to talk about it anymore."

  5. CTree

    Special Honest Gentleman

    He was Managing Director of NTT Europe in London , until 2016 - a very nice CEO to work under producing wonderful yearly targets, and slogans.

    - I remember wonderful staff parties where he'd arrive late from work, and give a Karaoke rendition of 'My Way' , and then quietly slip away..

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