Three weeks after fleeing Japan, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s former chairman and chief executive, is enjoying the freedom he has regained and the ability to talk openly about The Country’s judicial system. He also warned foreign executives in Japan: Be careful. “If you’re a foreigner working in Japan, you have to be very careful because unless the local system changes, you’re risking your life,” Mr Ghosn said in an interview in Beirut, Lebanon.
Mr Ghosn was arrested in Japan in November 2018 on suspicion of financial misconduct and underreporting of large salaries. Last month, Ghosn reportedly fled Japan to escape a criminal trial by hiding in a box containing musical instruments.
Mr. Ghosn said in an interview that his detention in Tokyo for more than a year had made him aware of how they viewed foreign business leaders.
“If you have a risk of conflict with a colleague or partner, you could be framed,” Ghosn said. If you’re framed, no one’s going to save you. ”
Mr Ghosn said some of the people he was promoted during his time in charge of Nissan had filed a lawsuit against Japanese prosecutors, accusing him of a number of financial crimes, including failing to disclose tens of millions of dollars in deferred compensation.
Ghosn has vehemently denied the allegations since his arrest. He said he was collecting documents to prove his innocence.
Mr Ghosn insists that his Nissan former colleagues and some Japanese government officials have framed him largely because of fears that he would facilitate a merger between Nissan and Renault, the alliance’s partner.