His lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, was surprised by his departure from Japan, saying, "I am stunned, because Carlos Ghosn's French, Lebanese and Brazilian passports are in the possession of his defense team under the terms of his release on bail, and he was unable to use any of them to flee Japan.
France confirmed that it was not aware of Carlos Ghosn leaving Japan nor the circumstances of this departure, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that French law does not exempt anyone from punishment regardless of nationality.
As for Lebanon, he said in a statement to his Ministry of Foreign Affairs that "a year ago, he sent the government of Japan official correspondence regarding Ghosn, but he did not receive any response."
"A complete file was handed over to the Japanese assistant foreign minister during his visit to Beirut. Lebanon has not signed an agreement for judicial cooperation with Japan, but the two countries exchange information according to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Some media raised the issue of escaping from prison on bail from a "moral" angle, as they considered it an "unwise decision", and prosecutors had expressed their fear at the time of leaving the country due to his strong ties around the world.
The newspaper, "Yomiuri Shimbun", that the escape was "a cowardly act", and that by leaving Japan, he "lost the opportunity to prove his innocence and defend his honor."
The Sankei Shimbun, one of the five leading Japanese newspapers (led by Yomiuri Shimbun), revealed that prosecutors believed that the court that granted bail to Ghosn had "been subjected to external pressure".
"This is what we predicted," the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, which was founded in 1872, quoted a prominent prosecutor as saying that "the painstaking work of prosecutors to collect evidence in Japan and abroad against it" had been destroyed.
Carlos Ghosn was released on bail twice, the first in early March 2019 and the second after his re-arrest in April.