Olympus camera scandal 奥林巴斯丑闻

Roland Buerk, BBC News

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Image caption The former chairman of Olympus Tsuyoshi Kikukawa has been arrested.

媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

奧林巴斯前社長和兩名前任高管被警方拘捕。奧林巴斯公司承認隱瞞15 億美元的投資虧損。這個醜聞由該公司的原英國首席執行官 Michael Woodford 首先揭發,他說他因追問過去的財務支出款項而被解雇。

The arrests are the latest step in investigations by the Japanese authorities into one of the country's biggest corporate scandals.

The former chairman of Olympus Tsuyoshi Kikukawa is being held under suspicion of violating the Financial Instruments and Exchange law.

The company's former executive vice president and its former auditor have also been arrested. An independent panel set up by Olympus blamed the men for orchestrating the cover-up of more than $1.5 billion in investment losses.

The company has lost nearly half its value since the scandal became public last October.

Olympus is suing 19 current and former executives.

And there's speculation it may need to merge or form new alliances with its rivals to rebuild its battered balance sheets.