Investigators defend landmark Toshiba report, say stonewalled by Japan official

TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters) - The investigators who revealed Toshiba Corp colluded with Japan’s trade ministry to pressure foreign shareholders defended the integrity of their inquiry, pushing back against government criticism it was one-sided.

Takao Nakamura, one of the three lawyers who conducted the shareholder-commissioned investigation that exposed the corporate governance scandal at Toshiba, said the three did their best to include the viewpoint of a key figure in the saga even after they were stonewalled by a ministry official.

“We, as investigators, would argue against claims that question the reliability of the report,” Nakamura, a partner at Wadakura Gate Law Office, told Reuters. He said his view was shared by his two co-investigators.

“It was compiled in a way that various criticism can be countered,” he said of the investigation. Nakamura’s comments mark the first time investigators have responded to the government’s criticism. (Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by David Dolan and Mark Heinrich)