Yomiuri reported on a finding that an American male in his 20s booked a hotel room in Roppongi where former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn met up with two Americans before traveling to Osaka on a bullet train and boarding a private jet bound for Beirut via Istanbul from Kansai International Airport on Dec. 29. This American citizen allegedly met with the former auto executive and the two other Americans in the hotel room but did not accompany them on their trip to Osaka. He apparently left for China later.
In a related development, all national dailies wrote that during a meeting with the Japanese ambassador to Lebanon in Beirut on Tuesday, Lebanese President Aoun categorically dismissed speculation that his government was involved in Ghosn’s escape from Japan. The Lebanese leader reportedly pledged to “fully cooperate” with Japan’s request for Ghosn’s extradition.