Bridgestone Corporation is based in Tokyo, Japan. The largest subsidiary of Bridgestone is the Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc., which is based in Nashville, TN and includes Firestone. The company is most well known for the production of tires. Bridgestone/Firestone has been the focus of an international campaign related to labor and environmental problems on its rubber plantation in Liberia.
On February 12, 2008, Bridgestone announced that it would withdraw from the marine hose business after an internal investigation found that its hose division had made improper payments to foreign agents to secure sales. Bridgestone is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission and Japan's Fair Trade Commission.