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Toshiba's 'tough as nails' target-setter

Ex-president Atsutoshi Nishida's management style comes under fire in conglomerate's accounting scandal

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Japan's Toshiba Corp president Mr Nishida (above) during a news conference in Tokyo. Successor Mr Tanaka quit the company on July 21 as one of Japan's best-known firms was hammered by a US$1.2 billion accounting scandal blamed on management's overzealous pursuit of profit.
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Japan's Toshiba Corp president Mr Nishida during a news conference in Tokyo. Successor Mr Tanaka (above) quit the company on July 21 as one of Japan's best-known firms was hammered by a US$1.2 billion accounting scandal blamed on management's overzealous pursuit of profit.

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TOM Scott, a former US executive at Toshiba Corp, remembers his former boss Atsutoshi Nishida as an aggressive leader who could motivate staff, but also rattle them with tough sales targets and an occasional dressing down.

"He gave me goals that scared the hell out of me," Mr