“Bob the Builder” not a good enough disguise in Japan

By Helene Fung

Carlos Ghosn, the former head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, was arrested in November 2018 for a number of charges, including falsifying financial reports, under-reporting his income, and breach of trust in having Nissan Motor shoulder personal investment losses, and also making payments to a Saudi businessman.

When he was released on bail on Wednesday, Ghosn puzzled many by donning a blue cap, a surgical mask covering most of his face, and a construction worker’s outfit.

The Japanese media couldn’t get enough of Ghosn and the quirky, even if a bit pointless, disguise.

The media pack waited for hours at the Japanese detention centre Ghosn was released from, spotted Ghosn despite the disguise, and followed the van he got on after his release. The whole thing was broadcast live on television.

Ghosn’s lawyer, Takashi Takano, had just announced in a blog post that he takes full responsibility for what he called the “theatre of disguise”, and apologised for its failure, which served to further tarnish Ghosn’s reputation.


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