Ghosn's Arrest Casts Shadow Over Nissan

Ghosn's arrest casts shadow over Nissan

Carlos Ghosn has long demonstrated strong leadership as head of Nissan Motor. It is almost certain that his arrest will force the automaker to review its business strategy.

Ghosn was arrested on Monday on suspicion of underreporting his income by 5 billion yen, or about 44 million dollars. Another Nissan executive, Greg Kelly, was also apprehended.

Subaru Executive Casts Doubt On Manual Transmission Future

Subaru executive casts doubt on manual transmission future

Some disconcerting news for Subaru fans has come out from the Geneva Motor Show. Subaru's U.K. managing director told Auto Express that he doesn't see the manual transmission as having a future at the automaker. He explained that the company is really focusing on safety, and in turn Subaru's Eyesight technology. As a refresher, that system uses stereo cameras to enable features such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. The feature isn't currently available on manual-equipped Subarus, and the executive said he wasn't sure if the system was compatible. And with Subaru's push for safety and Eyesight, he said that continuing to offer manual cars without the system could undermine that push.

This sounds dire at first, but we shouldn't panic yet. First, this is just an executive for Subaru's U.K. branch, not for the global company or the U.S., and car companies don't have the same offerings everywhere. For example, the Crosstrek is only offered with a CVT in Europe, but here in America – land of the free, home of the clutch – Subaru offers a six-speed manual. So, while it is possible that certain regions will have reduced or no manual options, that doesn't mean it would be across the board.

Kumamoto Lantern Festival Casts A Glowing, Dream-like Scene

Kumamoto lantern festival casts a glowing, dream-like sceneEven a series of massive earthquakes this spring could not put out the lights on a centuries-old Yamaga lantern festival here and the fantastical scenes that lift the spirits of spectators.
About 1,000 women danced to a local folk ballad on Aug. 16 amid the yellow glow of massed lanterns under soft blue lighting.

60-year-old Sunagawa Case Casts Spotlight On Security Laws

60-year-old Sunagawa Case casts spotlight on security lawsFormer activists petitioning for a retrial after they were fined for unlawfully entering a U.S. military base in Tokyo nearly 60 years ago have found their case in the spotlight because the Supreme Court ruling at the time of their conviction was cited by the current Japanese government to justify its policy to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self defense.

Nra Casts Doubt On Tepco Ice Wall Project At Fukushima Nuke Plant

NRA casts doubt on TEPCO ice wall project at Fukushima nuke plantIn March this year, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) began work on a subterranean wall of frozen soil mainly on the seaward side of the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, with most of another wall on the landward side begun in June. The purpose of the barriers is to stop the flow of groundwater into the plant buildings -- a problem that has resulted in enormous volumes of contaminated water. However, three months since the freezing process began, TEPCO is ominously silent on the ice wall's effectiveness, and the plan is quickly approaching its do-or-die moment.