Japan has reaffirmed its commitment to the alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi following the arrest of Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn. A government spokesman said on Wednesday in Tokyo, it was important to continue to ensure a stable alliance. Previously, the French Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire had already made strong for the preservation of cooperation.
Ghosn had been arrested on Monday in Japan on suspicion of misappropriation of Nissan company funds. The top manager is considered the architect of the alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, which wants to run out of the world’s largest automakers Volkswagen and Toyota. There are fears that the Alliance could break if Ghosn no longer holds the strings in his hand.
At Renault, Thierry Bolloré, who is responsible for operations so far, will provisionally replace Ghosn as chief, as people familiar with the plans said on Tuesday evening after a board meeting. The panel did not dismiss Ghosn as the carmaker awaits further information on the charges.
Ghosn is also Chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. His post at Nissan he should be relieved on Thursday.