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Deputy prosecutor: 'No problem' with Ghosn's extended detention

In this Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, then Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn attends a media conference outside Paris, France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

TOKYO -- The deputy prosecutor at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has defended the move to keep former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn detained since his arrest on Nov. 19 on suspicion of understating his remuneration in financial reports.

Speaking at a regular news conference on Nov. 29, deputy prosecutor Shin Kukimoto said of Ghosn's detention, "It is based on a warrant issued by a court under the legal system and there is no problem with it."

His comments followed some overseas media reports critical of the length of time Ghosn has spent in detention. A number of foreign media reporters attended the news conference.

"Countries have their own histories, cultures and systems, and I wonder about people easily criticizing another country's system just because it's different from their own one," Kukimoto said. He said that full audio and video recordings were being made of the questioning of the former chairman, which was being done through an English interpreter.

(Japanese original by Kim Suyeong, City News Department)

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