Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn arrives for a pre-trial hearing at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on June 24, 2019. AFP / Kazuhiro NOGI
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Ghosn, once the chief executive of France's Renault SA and chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. -- and the architect of the long-running alliance between the two companies -- was arrested last November as he stepped off an airplane in Tokyo.Nissan also accused Ghosn of using company funds to buy a series of homes.Carole Ghosn herself has been questioned by Japanese prosecutors, and her name has been bandied about in the Japanese press as a possible co-conspirator.Carole Ghosn attributes this to his treatment in prison.As the G-20 meeting approaches, Carole Ghosn and the Ghosn media team are publicly emphasizing that civilized countries don't use their criminal justice system to keep companies from falling into foreign hands. In a recent article in Japan Today, Takashi Takano, one of Ghosn's lawyers, described Ghosn's case as "the return of Japan Inc". -- an era when the government and Japanese companies worked together to lock foreigners out.If Nissan had legitimate concerns about Ghosn, the company should have come to him and demanded an explanation. Even if Ghosn is found innocent after a trial, his career is over.
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