Renault's chairman will meet Nissan Motor's CEO this week in Japan as they look at ways to cement their partnership after the ouster of former alliance leader Carlos Ghosn, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday.

Reuters reported Jean-Dominique Senard, named chairman of the French automaker last month, would visit Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama to meet the company's executives and become better acquainted with its Japanese partner.

"Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is eager to familiarise Senard with Nissan and Alliance operations to optimise their work together," the automaker said in a statement cited by the news agency.

Earlier in the day, according to Reuters, Saikawa told Japanese media he was keen to smooth Nissan-Renault relations that had been strained in the past few months following Ghosn's arrest in Tokyo and his immediate dismissal as Nissan chairman.

"First of all, we have to restore trust and stabilise the relationship," the Nikkei quoted Saikawa as saying. "We want him to know more about Nissan's (management) team."

Kyodo News reported Senard would visit for two days from 14 February.

The head of Japan's industry ministry on Tuesday denied media reports the government had been told by France it could lower its stake in Nissan, Jiji news reported, echoing a similar denial by France's finance ministry last week.

Ghosn retains some Renault positions

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