Carlos Ghosn's brazen escape from Japan involved millions of dollars and months of careful planning by a team of global experts - including one who deemed the plot "impossible", according to a new report.
"My anger gradually began to turn to something else", Takashi Takano wrote in his blog post.
"You are going to die in Japan or you are going to have to get out", Ghosn said, describing his feelings. And we were really looking forward to the premiere of Ghosn, Ghosn, Gone.
Mr Ghosn's successor Hiroto Saikawa also resigned past year amid financial misconduct allegations related to questionable income.
The Tokyo prosecutors office pushed back on this assertion in a statement issued after Ghosn's roughly 2 1/2-hour news conference ended.
After his escape, Ghosn met with his wife Carole in Beirut, where she said she had taken their children for Christmas celebrations. The officials also said they were still looking into what could be done.
Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business said Ghosn had told her over the weekend that he has "actual evidence" and documents proving there was a plot to "take him out" in response to his plan to merge Nissan and Renault. He also said that he alone organised his departure from Japan and that his wife, Carole, played no role. Under the bail conditions, a lawyer's presence is required for the calls, and the length of the call is also restricted.
He said he would not go into detail about how he left Japan. "I found out when you found out", he said.
Ghosn had been preparing a complaint against the security company, according to Sankei. He declined to say what country that might be. Both Carole and Carlos Ghosn are now in Lebanon.
"There was no way I was going to be treated fairly, no sign that I'll have a normal life for the next four or five years", said Ghosn as he unleashed a storm of criticism against Nissan and Japanese authorities about his November 2018 arrest, at a press conference in Beirut. The lawyers had the key. Hironaka has denied any knowledge of the escape.
Lebanese authorities have said Ghosn entered the country legally on a French passport, though he had been required to surrender all his passports to his lawyers under the terms of his bail. He holds Brazilian, French and Lebanese nationality.
December 29 - Ghosn leaves his home in Tokyo alone.
It is thought he then flew from there to Beirut.
It said a company employee had admitted to falsifying flight records so that Ghosn's name did not appear, adding that he acted "in his individual capacity" without MNG Jet's knowledge. The company says it will not fight the charges and will pay the required fines.
Interpol, the worldwide police cooperation body, has issued a "red notice" for Ghosn's arrest in the wake of him fleeing Japan.
Lebanon does not normally extradite its citizens.
It's not clear how Japan might respond.
"I am here to expose a system of justice that violates the most basic principles of humanity", Ghosn said at the press conference. Japan boasts one of the world's highest conviction rates, above 99 percent once suspects are charged.
Electronic tethers common in the USA are not used in Japan for bail. Ghosn's defense counsel requests his release on bail. In earlier statements, he has said he fled to avoid "political persecution" by a "rigged Japanese justice system". This trio, he alleges, sought to block a merger between Renault and Nissan.
Although Mr Ghosn is unlikely to face trial in Japan, Greg Kelly, another Nissan former executive, is still facing charges of under-reporting Mr Ghosn's future compensation.
In a swift reply, the Tokyo public prosecutor's office said: "Defendant Ghosn's allegations that the prosecution was conspired by Nissan and Public Prosecutors Office is categorically false and completely contrary to fact".