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Nissan Board Member Thought He Going to a Meeting. Then He Was Arrested.

In a video intended to partially get the attention of American lawmakers, Mr. Kelly's wife, Donna Kelly, said her husband's spinal stenosis causes "numbness, tingling and shooting pain in his extremities" and that "his symptoms are exacerbated by sleeping on a futon on the floor of his detention cell" and could become permanent, if not treated soon. "We are asking the prosecutors to release Greg and allow him to get the treatment he needs," Mrs. Kelly said in the video, which was first provided to The Wall Street Journal. She said Mr. Kelly "has been wrongly accused as part of a power grabbed by several current Nissan executives." Yoichi Kitamura, a lawyer for Mr. Kelly in Japan, said a local doctor had examined Mr. Kelly and conducted an M.R.I. scan, in consultation with his American doctor. Later this week, the Japanese doctors will submit a request to the court asking that Mr. Kelly be released for medical treatment in the United States or Japan. Representatives from the United States embassy in Tokyo have visited Mr. Kelly. But a State Department official declined to comment on his case. Mr. Kelly cut a controversial figure within Nissan, where he had worked his way up from an associate counsel in 1988 to become the first American on the board in 2012, according to several current and former executives who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing legal case in Japan. He was seen as a consigliere to Mr. Ghosn, the whisperer…

In a video intended to partially get the attention of American lawmakers, Mr. Kelly’s wife, Donna Kelly, said her husband’s spinal stenosis causes “numbness, tingling and shooting pain in his extremities” and that “his symptoms are exacerbated by sleeping on a futon on the floor of his detention cell” and could become permanent, if not treated soon.

“We are asking the prosecutors to release Greg and allow him to get the treatment he needs,” Mrs. Kelly said in the video, which was first provided to The Wall Street Journal.

She said Mr. Kelly “has been wrongly accused as part of a power grabbed by several current Nissan executives.”

Yoichi Kitamura, a lawyer for Mr. Kelly in Japan, said a local doctor had examined Mr. Kelly and conducted an M.R.I. scan, in consultation with his American doctor. Later this week, the Japanese doctors will submit a request to the court asking that Mr. Kelly be released for medical treatment in the United States or Japan.

Representatives from the United States embassy in Tokyo have visited Mr. Kelly. But a State Department official declined to comment on his case.

Mr. Kelly cut a controversial figure within Nissan, where he had worked his way up from an associate counsel in 1988 to become the first American on the board in 2012, according to several current and former executives who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing legal case in Japan. He was seen as a consigliere to Mr. Ghosn, the whisperer behind the prominent chief executive with an outsize persona. Mr. Ghosn, who had a car empire that included Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault, rose to fame and became a fixture at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Mr. Kelly was often in the background, offering legal advice.

Two years ago, Mr. Kelly left Nissan to return to the United States but he remained on the board. Mr. Ghosn, who was preparing to step back from his duties at Nissan, had planned to put Mr. Kelly in een topmanagementpositie, volgens twee mensen briefed op Mr. Ghosn’s thinking.

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