A new legal team representing Carlos Ghosn has applied for bail, the Tokyo District Court said, according to Reuters.

This the latest attempt after a string of requests were denied by judges citing the former Nissan Motor chairman as being a flight risk.

Ghosn, arrested in November over alleged financial misconduct, remains in detention in a Tokyo jail. Earlier this month, he retained a new team with defence lawyer Junichiro Hironaka a key member to replace Motonari Otsuru, a lawyer who once ran the prosecutor's office investigating Ghosn.

Reuters said Hironaka's combative style contrasted with the low-key approach of the media-shy Otsuru.

Hironaka - who the news agency said is nicknamed "the Razor" - dismissed the charges against Ghosn as an internal company matter and said Japan was out of step with international norms by keeping his client in jail.

Ghosn has switched to an aggressive legal strategy after his attempts to win bail failed, despite pledging to remain in Japan should bail be granted.

The switch also came just before lawyers were due to meet with prosecutors and judges for the first time to agree a schedule for pre-trial discovery meetings where prosecutors will reveal evidence and submit a list of witnesses.

Reuters said the 73-year-old Hironaka is reputed for winning high profile cases including the acquittal of senior lawmaker Ichiro Ozawa on financial misconduct charges. He also helped free a senior bureaucrat, Atsuko Muraki, who was jailed for four months on corruption charges.

But the former Nissan head faces a Japanese criminal justice system where only three out of every hundred defendants pleading not guilty are acquitted. Japan also does not have a plea deal mechanism that would allow Ghosn to agree to lesser charges for a lighter sentence.

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