On Sunday, Japan's Justice Minister summoned the escape of former Nissan President Carlos Ghosn while awaiting trial on charges of inexcusable financial misconduct and promised to bolster immigration checks.
Justice Minister Masako Mori said he had ordered an investigation after Ghosn issued a statement a few days ago saying he was in Lebanon.
She said there were no records of Ghosn's departure from Tokyo.
She said her bail was revoked and Interpol had issued a wanted notice. Starting checks need to be tightened to prevent recurrence, Mori said.
While expressing deep regret for what happened, Mori stopped delineating any specific action that Japan could take to recover Ghosn.
Japan does not have an extradition treaty with Lebanon.
"Our country's criminal justice system protects an individual's basic human rights and properly performs appropriate procedures to disclose the truth of various cases, and the escape of a suspect while on bail is never justified," she said in a statement.
Mori's statement was the first public comment by a Japanese government official following the stunning escape from Ghosn, once a superstar in the auto industry.
Tokyo prosecutors issued a similar statement on Sunday. They opposed Ghosn's release on bail, arguing that he was a risk of escape.
First arrested in November 2018, Ghosn has been released on bail in recent months and, more recently, had moved to a home in a sophisticated part of Tokyo.
He repeatedly said he was innocent. His Beirut statement said he was escaping injustice.
Japan's justice system has been criticized by human rights defenders for its long arrests, reliance on confessions and prolonged trials.
The conviction rate is over 99%. Even if Ghosn was found not guilty, prosecutors could have appealed and the appeals process could last for years.
Ghosn's trial should not begin before April.
During this time, he was forbidden to see his wife and only a few video calls were allowed in the presence of a lawyer.
Ghosn was accused of underreporting his future compensation and breach of trust by diverting Nissan's money for his personal gain.
Although details of his flight are still unclear, Turkish airline MNG Jet said two of its planes were used illegally, first flying from Osaka, Japan, to Istanbul, and then to Beirut, where it arrived Monday. fair and has not arrived yet. has been seen ever since.
He promised to talk to reporters on Wednesday.
His lawyers in Japan said they knew nothing, were surprised, and felt betrayed by his action.