Japan's Toshiba directors exchange criticism over public statements

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Toshiba Corp is seen on a printed circuit board in this photo illustration taken in Tokyo July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/File Photo

External directors at Toshiba Corp exchanged criticism on Monday over statements on board decisions, signalling a public rift as the embattled conglomerate reviews strategic options including going private.

In an annual business report released on Monday, Toshiba external directors Mariko Watahiki and Katsunori Hashimoto, both members of Toshiba‘s three-member audit committee, were quoted as saying that external director Raymond Zage raised concern about Toshiba‘s governance by breaking ranks with the board’s official stance after a March meeting.

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