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A photographer sits outside the Tokyo Detention House where Carlos Ghosn is being held.    © Reuters
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Ghosn scandal puts spotlight on Japan's judicial system

French media and former Japanese prosecutor slam "irrational" treatment of executive

ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Carlos Ghosn's dramatic arrest and lengthy detention in a tiny Tokyo cell has sparked outrage in France -- and thrown a spotlight on Japan's infamously opaque criminal justice system.

Ghosn, who has French as well as Brazilian and Lebanese citizenship, was arrested as he arrived at Haneda Airport on Nov. 19 on suspicion of understating his compensation on company filings to the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Within days he was ousted as chairman of Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, though he remains chairman and CEO of Renault, the third leg of the automotive alliance he led for nearly 20 years.

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