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Renault set to replace Carlos Ghosn after arrest in Japan

Renault set to replace Carlos Ghosn after arrest in Japan

Business
Carlos Ghosn should not remain in charge of Renault following his arrest in Japan over claims of "misconduct", the French finance minister has said. Bruno Le Maire said Mr Ghosn was "no longer in a position" to lead the carmaker in which the French state has a 15% stake.The Renault board is expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss temporarily replacing Mr Ghosn as chief executive. Renault shares fell a further 4% on Tuesday, after dropping 8% on Monday. Renault's partnership with Nissan remained in the interests of both France and Japan and of both companies, Mr Le Maire added. Carlos Ghosn: The driven 'cost killer' The corporate scandals that rocked Japan Mr Ghosn leads an alliance that includes the two carmakers as well as Mitsub...
Japan delays spacecraft landing on very rocky asteroid

Japan delays spacecraft landing on very rocky asteroid

Technology
Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface. The spacecraft Hayabusa2 left Earth in 2014 and traveled 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) to the area of asteroid Ryugu, which it reached in June. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to attempt three brief touch-and-go landings on Ryugu to collect samples in hopes of gaining clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. JAXA Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda said Friday that the rockier-than-expected asteroid hardly has any flat spaces for landing. "Those rocks are our biggest headache," Tsuda said. "Ryugu is extremely rocky and it's almost cruel." He said his team needs at least a month t...

Japan slams Chinese ship for oceanographic research in EEZ

World
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Chinese oceanographic research ship conducted activities in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone without prior notice, according to a Japanese press report. NHK reported Monday the ship was active near Hateruma Island, Okinawa Prefecture, and the vessel entered Japan-clamed waters around 4:20 p.m. Sunday. The ship was in an area about 120 miles southeast of Hateruma. The vessel was identified as the Xiangyanghong, No. 10, and was seen lowering a steel rope into the ocean, according to Japan's maritime security. The activity was observed from a Japanese surveillance plane. The Japanese coast guard said the Chinese vessel was conducting some kind of investigation. Conducting activities within Japan's EEZ without receiving prior permission is inadmissible, the coast guard said....
Hamilton dominates Japan practice after crash scare

Hamilton dominates Japan practice after crash scare

Sports
Lewis Hamilton was in scintillating form as Mercedes dominated Friday practice at the Japanese Grand Prix.He was 0.833 seconds clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari, and 0.461secs faster than team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Suzuka track.Hamilton was even faster on the 'soft' tyre, the middle compound this weekend, than Vettel was on the fastest 'super-soft'. The Briton also narrowly avoided a huge crash in first practice.Frenchman Pierre Gasly was driving his Toro Rosso slowly on the racing line at the chicane and Hamilton had to take avoiding action and run into the escape road as he closed in at a frightening speed.The two drivers were summoned to see the stewards to discuss the ...
Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Science
Few conservation issues generate as emotional a response as whaling. Are we now about to see countries killing whales for profit again?Commercial whaling has been effectively banned for more than 30 years, after some whales were driven almost to extinction.But the International Whaling Committee (IWC) is currently meeting in Brazil and next week will give its verdict on a proposal from Japan to end the ban.Don't the Japanese already kill whales?Yes, they do - but it's complicated. IWC members agreed to a moratorium on hunting in 1986, to allow whale stocks to recover. Pro-whaling nations expected the moratorium to be temporary, until consensus could be reached on sustainable catch quotas. ...