Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn was smuggled out of Japan in an escape plot worthy of Hollywood. Fifteen months later, the American accused of orchestrating his clandestine exit arrived back in the country Tuesday with his son to face charges.
Prosecutors in the U.S. and Japan have cast Michael Taylor, 60, a former Green Beret, and his son Peter, 28, as master escape artists. But this time around, the Taylors could find no way out after trying every trick in the book to avoid extradition to Japan.
Using emails, court documents and more than a dozen interviews, Bloomberg details the Taylors’ failed quest to wage the kind of influence campaign in the U.S. that let so many well-connected people avoid legal trouble in the Trump era.
Meanwhile, in another high-profile legal case spanning continents, a French judge last month ordered a trial for a Chilean man charged with murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend, whose body has yet to be found, in a case that gripped both France and Japan.
Nicolas Zepeda, 29, was extradited to France last July for questioning over the disappearance of Narumi Kurozaki, a 21-year-old student who vanished from her university in Besancon, near the French Alps, in December 2016.
Zepeda has denied any involvement in her disappearance and even told investigators he was “convinced that she is still alive.” But several students said they heard “screams of terror and shouting” that night, and investigators are convinced she was killed by Zepeda in a jealous rage.