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Japan PM Abe had hoped Nissan would 'deal with Ghosn case internally': reports

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen in Tokyo on the evening of Jan. 8, 2020. (Mainichi/Masahiro Kawata)

TOKYO -- The subject of fugitive former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn reportedly came up at a dinner Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had with Canon Inc. Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai and others at a Japanese restaurant in the Ginza shopping area of the capital on the night of Jan. 8.

Ghosn had been indicted in Japan under suspicion of violating the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, among other accusations. On Dec. 29, 2019, he broke the terms of his bail to flee the country, and held a press conference in Lebanon on Jan. 8 to tell his side of the story.

According to Takeo Kawamura, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and former chief Cabinet secretary who was also in attendance, when the subject of Ghosn's press conference was raised, Prime Minister Abe reportedly said, "Originally, I had wanted Nissan to deal with it (Ghosn's case) internally."

(Japanese original by Hironori Takechi, Political News Department)

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