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Japan Fires Back at Ghosn, Stoking War of Words Over Trial

  • Justice minister calls his remarks ‘absolutely intolerable’
  • Prosecutors rebutt Ghosn claims on conditions of confinement
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Ghosn states that he doesn’t think that the plot against him involved Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Source: Bloomberg
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Japan battled to restore its image on Thursday after former auto executive Carlos Ghosn blasted the country’s legal system in a marathon press conference following his escape to Lebanon.

Justice Minister Masako Mori held an unusual briefing in the early morning hours in Tokyo, and then gave a second press conference later on to rebut what she said were mostly “abstract, unclear or baseless” criticisms of the country’s legal system. She was scathing in her descriptions of Ghosn’s behavior after he told the world he skipped bail and fled Japan because he didn’t think he would get a fair trial.