Japan vows to improve border checks, bail after Ghosn flight

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A Lebanese woman with her puppy, passes by the house of ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Ghosn earlier this week jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges in a dramatic escape that has confounded and embarrassed authorities. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s justice minister vowed Monday to strengthen border departure checks and review bail conditions after Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn fled the country.

Masako Mori told reporters the ministry has already acted to prevent a recurrence but declined to give details.

Ghosn skipped bail while awaiting trial on various financial misconduct allegations and later said from Lebanon that he did so because his case was unfair.

Mori declined to say who might be responsible for such a high-profile flight, stressing it was still under investigation.

She said Ghosn left illegally, denouncing it as an “unjustifiable” crime.

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