Cliff Wakeman, 42, of Whitstable, Kent, Ashok Solanki, 44, from Edgware, north London, and Stewart Mitchell, 45, from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, claim racial discrimination and unfair dismissal. The hearing continues today.
Mr Nakajima admitted that internal reports had described Mr Wakeman as "outstanding". But he insisted Mr Wakeman had not been passed over because he was not Japanese, adding: "We don't have any such racial discrimination policy." The hearing continues today.