Nissan President Carlos Ghosn said there is a 'high probability' his successor will be Japanese.
The Nissan boss spoke the day before the Tokyo auto show at the Tokyo International Automotive Conference, sponsored by sister publication Automotive News and Nikkei Business.
'There is no problem to find a successor,' Ghosn added. 'At the time I have to move on to something else, I and the board will be able to find someone.'
Previously, Ghosn has said he would stay through the implementation of the current Nissan Revival Plan, which runs to March 2003, as well as the successful implementation of the following '180 Plan.'
That effectively implies that he would remain at Nissan until 2005, which is roughly when Renault Chairman Louis Schweitzer will be ready to retire.
Each number in the '180 Plan' stands for part of that plan's goals: '1' for the Nissan target of 1 million additional unit sales worldwide, '8' for the approximately 8 percent operating margin that Nissan estimates will be needed to achieve its target of being among industry leaders in that category, and '0' for zero debt.