Last updated: 15 January, 2020

Do people in Japan really still love Ghosn?

At his explosive news conference in Beirut last week, Carlos Ghosn claimed the Japanese public still love him, and haven’t fallen for the image of the “cold, greedy dictator,” as he said Tokyo prosecutors have sought to paint him. The reality is more complicated. He was once celebrated for rescuing Nissan from ruin two decades ago, earning him accolades as one of Japan’s most revered corporate leaders. But for many in the country now, his 2018 detention and allegations of financial crimes fostered the impression that he lost his management magic, got greedy and most importantly for a nation that prides itself on law and order – broke the rules.