TOKYO — Japan and Lebanon have agreed to hold talks about the one thing that Nissan Motor Co.’s exiled former chairman wishes they would not — the possibility of being able to extradite him back to Japan.
According to Japan’s deputy justice minister, Hiroyuki Yoshiie, the two nations plan to hold working-level negotiations about strengthening cooperation in the judicial field, including discussion of an extradition treaty between the two countries.
Yoshiie visited officials in Lebanon late last month to discuss the fact that Ghosn is living in Lebanon after he jumped bail and fled to Beirut to avoid facing trial in Japan at the end of last year.
“Resolving this issue is a crucial matter to both Japan and Lebanon. Our perceptions about that have completely matched,” Yoshiie said at a press conference here upon his return from the trip.
He refrained from discussing the specifics of his meetings with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najem and two other government officials during his visit.