After leaving his home, Ghosn took the Shinkansen to Osaka, where he boarded a private jet hidden in a sound equipment box with breathing holes. On January 6, local time, Japanese television station NTV reported that on December 29, 2019, at noon, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn left his residence in the Tokyo port area on foot, appearing at Shinagawa Station at around 4:30 p.m. that day, and taking the Shinkansen to Osaka.
At around 7:30 p.m., Ghosn got off at a station in western Osaka and took a taxi to a hotel near Osaka’s Kansai Airport, the report said. Later that night, he left Japan by private jet at the airport.
Turkish newspaper Aksam reported on January 5th that Carlos Ghosn had boarded a private jet by hiding audio equipment boxes.
Aksam reported that the TC-TSR jet from Turkey’s private aviation operator MNG was carrying two custom-made audio equipment boxes and two former Members of the U.S. Special Forces on board as it flew to Osaka Kansai Airport. The two custom-made boxes, too large to access the X-ray security camera, were shipped directly to the private jet without an out-of-the-box inspection. Ghosn probably passed through in a big box that night.
The Wall Street Journal’s January 6 report added more details that one of the two boxes was still sounding equipment when Ghosn fled, while the other had an exhaust hole in the bottom for Ghosn to breathe.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that Michael L. Taylor, a U.S. security agent who rescued Mr. Ghosn, said he was “in the disonance” of the United States. Taylor, a former U.S. special forces officer, has previous experience in rescuing hostages.
The report also said the Ghosn rescue program, which began months ago, was made up of more than a dozen different teams and cost about several million dollars. Prior to the rescue plan, the team made more than 20 trips to Japan and visited at least 10 Japanese airports before finally identifying Osaka Kansai Airport, where security checks were weak.
The head of Kansai Airport responded to The Wall Street Journal’s claim that the airport’s security was no different from that of other Airports in Japan. The person in charge said that all baggage that could not be X-rayed should be opened by security personnel. The Wall Street Journal also quoted an airport security expert as saying that Japanese airports do not necessarily do this to private jet passengers because they are considered to have a lower risk of terrorism. Unlike the U.S. government’ responsibility for security management, the airline chose its own security company to be responsible for security management, the expert said.
Earlier, Reuters reported that MNG admitted on January 3rd that two of its planes had been illegally used by Ghosn to escape, an employee whohad forged records and whose name did not appear on any flight-related documents. The company said Mr. Ghosn flew from Osaka to Istanbul and then flew to Beirut, the Lebanese capital, on another plane. Turkish police have arrested seven people, including four pilots, and later detained five people.
Japanese officials are still investigating how Mr. Ghosn fled to Lebanon.
Japanese Justice Minister Yoshihide Satoko said on January 6 that the departure of Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., while on bail was “clearly illegal” and that Japan would step up exit checks in the future, according to NHK.
Regarding Mr Ghosn’s allegations of judicial injustice in Japan, Mr Mori said Mr Ghosn’s allegations against the Japanese judicial system did not justify his escape and that “different countries have different judicial systems, and simple comparisons are inappropriate.” “