Ghosn stated he had not fled justice but “escaped injustice and political oppression”.
His lawyer stated he was “dumbfounded” by the news and that he had not recently spoken with his client.
It’s unclear how the former CEO managed to go away the nation, as he was prohibited from traveling abroad.
Ghosn, who has a net worth of $120m, was probably the most influential figure in the global car trade until his arrest in November last year. He refuses any wrongdoing.
His case has drawn global attention, and his months-long custody led to an increased investigation of Japan’s justice system.
The 65-year-old was born in Brazil to Lebanese descent parents and was raised in Beirut, before traveling to France for further education.
He holds French, Brazilian, and Lebanese passports. But his lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, told reporters in Tokyo Tuesday that Ghosn’s legal staff was nonetheless in possession of his passports.
Ghosn was released on $9m bail in April under strict circumstances that prohibited him from traveling overseas.
Confirming he had gone to the Middle Eastern nation, Ghosn stated he would “no longer be held captive by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is assumed, discrimination is rife, and fundamental human rights are rejected.