Japan is expected to open diplomatic talks with the Middle Eastern country about the flight to Lebanon, according to a senior Japanese government official quoted bymedia as saying. The former Nissan and Renault executive fled Japan while awaiting trial. Comments made on Japanese government officials showed the first signs of how Tokyo plans to respond. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Japanese government still did not know the details of how Mr. Ghosn fled Japan and his exact whereabouts.
Ghosn grew up in Lebanon and has citizenship, while Lebanon has no extradition agreement with Japan. The Japanese government’s demands in the diplomatic dialogue are unclear. Ghosn also holds French and Brazilian citizenship and all his passports have been taken as a condition of his bail.
Mr Ghosn, who is facing allegations of financial misconduct in Japan, said he had escaped “artificial manipulation” of the Japanese judicial system and planned to share his story with the public next week.