Carlos Ghosn Tokyo Court Drawing

Handcuffed business hero protests his innocence from the dock

One of the most powerful business figures in Japan has appeared in court in handcuffs and wearing plastic slippers.

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said “I am innocent of all the accusations made against me.” He said he’d been unfairly detained on “meritless and unsubstantiated grounds.”

The appearance was short but it’s shown that this case will put Japan’s corporate culture under scrutiny.

You can read what happened in the Tokyo courtroom drama in this week’s Japan Story blog.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.