FT: “Carlos Ghosn’s treatment is a stain on ‘liberal’ Japan”

Philippe Riès on what the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, former CEO of Nissan and the brainchild of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, shows about Japanese criminal procedure (paywall):

The rope and the denial of bail are standard practice for defendants in Japan, particularly foreigners. But we are entitled to ask Japan what the point is of holding suspects for months in harsh conditions (a poorly heated cell with the light constantly on, except when it is constantly off, from 9pm to 6am), with no right to even a single family visit, a drastic diet, and no access to needed medication.

Is it “liberal” to allow interrogations that last up to eight hours a day, seven days a week, where the same questions will be asked dozens of times, without a lawyer present? Why rearrest the “suspect” on the same charges related to different years or new charges raised just in time to prevent bail?

(For a similar article sans paywall, check out this New York Times article or explanatory video from the Wall Street Journal.)