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Ghosn's great escape teaches Japan hard lesson on tracking suspects

Justice Ministry weighs GPS monitors and rethinks lengthy pretrial detentions

Carlos Ghosn was released on bail in April 2019, eight months before fleeing the country.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A year after former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's escape from house arrest in Japan, Tokyo continues to grapple with the question of how to keep defendants from jumping bail, with electronic monitoring among the top proposals.

His December 2019 flight to Lebanon is only the most prominent example of a wider problem of defendants in Japan going missing after release from pretrial detention. Bail was revoked for 127 people in 2018 -- just over triple the 2009 total.

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