Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, after fleeing from Japan, where he faced financial misconduct charges. Many Japanese believe he is guilty, while foreigners in the country believe he was being punished. Photo: EPA-EFE

Carlos Ghosn: fugitive or victim? The issue that split Japan into locals and foreigners

  • Many Japanese are angry over Ghosn’s escape, saying it’s like ‘Eric Snowden fleeing to Russia and telling us how horrible the US judicial system is’
  • But expats say Japan treats citizens and foreigners differently, and Ghosn was being punished for political and business reasons
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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, after fleeing from Japan, where he faced financial misconduct charges. Many Japanese believe he is guilty, while foreigners in the country believe he was being punished. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.