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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

The Carlos Ghosn effect: Japan mandates large luggage inspections

Private jet passengers face mandatory inspections of oversize trunks

Officials at Japan's Haneda, Narita, Chubu and Kansai airports began inspecting large pieces of luggage used by passengers of private jets on Jan. 6.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's transport minister said Tuesday that large luggage carried by private jet passengers will undergo mandatory inspections after former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn jumped bail and fled Japan without going through the proper embarkation procedure.

Transport minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said the measure was introduced as of Monday at Haneda, Narita, Chubu and Kansai airports.

Ghosn was reportedly smuggled out of the country in a large trunk used for audio equipment that was too large to fit through airport scanners. The former executive was awaiting trial on charges including financial misconduct before fleeing to Lebanon late last month.

Japan will seek cooperation from Lebanon in getting to the bottom of his escape, the top government spokesman said the same day.

Speaking at a news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was "extremely regrettable" that Ghosn, out on bail awaiting trial, had left Japan "illegally" for the Middle East country.

He said Japan has been communicating with Lebanon over the case.

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