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The inside story of Carlos Ghosn’s brazen escape from Japan

Always the meticulous operator, Michael Taylor began laying the groundwork for his cover story as soon as the private jet he chartered landed in Japan. Him and George Zayek were violinists who would perform nearby, he told an employee at the Osaka private jet terminal shortly after the Bombardier Global Express arrived from Dubai at 10:10 a.m. local time.

As staff at Kansai International Airport unloaded suitcases, a guitar case and two large black boxes, Tomoyuki Matsui, the private jet terminal ground service team manager, led the men to the bus from the terminal, which took them to the chic premium gate. Tamayura. Kayoko Tokunaga, a 30-year-old employee who speaks fluent English, was waiting to greet them and comfortably engaged in conversation with MM. Taylor and Zayek while waiting for their passports to be stamped. “Your stay is so short,” she remarked, according to police interview transcripts.


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