NHK has learned that former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn and his close aide could be released from the Tokyo Detention House as soon as Thursday.
Sources say the Tokyo District Court has turned down prosecutors' request to have Ghosn's detention extended beyond Thursday.
They say the same decision was made for former Nissan representative director Greg Kelly.
The two men's lawyers are expected to ask for their release from the detention center. If approved, the two men may be set free on bail.
It is very rare for an extension request by the special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office to be turned down.
The two former Nissan executives have been in custody since their arrest on November 19th.
They have been indicted on charges of financial misconduct. They are accused of understating Ghosn's executive compensation.