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Government Releases Official Statement on JAL

On January 19, 2010, the cabinet of the Japanese federal government approved and released the following statement concerning JAL:

1. Today, the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan (ETIC) decided to provide support for Japan Airlines (JAL). From now on, JAL will take steady steps, fully respecting the point of view of the public, to rehabilitate its business with the full support of the ETIC through Corporation Reorganization Law proceedings that secure transparency and equity with the court engagement.

2. JAL constitutes an important part of the aviation network that provides the foundation of Japan's development. Therefore, the Government of Japan will provide necessary support for JAL until the completion of its rehabilitation, through such measures as securing sufficient funding as well as seeking the understanding and cooperation of foreign governments, in order to enable the continuation of its flight operations and its steady rehabilitation.

3. The Government of Japan strongly requests JAL to work vigorously on the improvement of its business and financial base with the utmost company-wide effort, within a framework that employs both the supportive proceedings of the ETIC and the proceedings of the Corporation Reorganization Law, and to take all possible measures to secure safe flight operations.

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Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Seiji Maehara, Releases Statement on
JAL Rehabilitation

On January 19, 2010, Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, released the following statement regarding the rehabilitation of JAL:

1. Today, Japan Airlines (JAL) made a formal application for support from the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan (ETIC) and filed a petition for the commencement of reorganizational proceedings under the Corporate Reorganization Law at the Tokyo District Court.

2. As a result, on the same day the ETIC decided to provide support for JAL and the Court decided to commence proceedings for reorganization. Henceforth, JAL will take steady steps, fully respecting the point of view of the public, to rehabilitate its business with the full support of the ETIC through reorganization proceedings that secure transparency and equity with the court engagement.

3. Sufficient funding will be secured from the ETIC and the Development Bank of Japan during its rehabilitation period.

4. Furthermore, the Government of Japan (GOJ) is asking the understanding and cooperation of foreign governments and related organizations to enable JAL to continue its flight operations without any interruption to its flights over those countries and to takeoff and landing at their airports.

5. As JAL continues its business operations including flight operations as normal, the usage of, and business with JAL can be continued without cause for concern.

6. The GOJ will give necessary support for JAL until the completion of its rehabilitation, as it constitutes an important part of the aviation network that provides the foundation for Japan's development.

7. The GOJ strongly requests JAL to work vigorously on the improvement of its business and financial base with the utmost company-wide effort, within a framework that employs both the supportive proceedings of the ETIC and the proceedings of the Corporate Reorganization Law, and to take all possible measures to secure safe flight operations.

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JNTO Toronto's Newest Addition—A Canadian with a Love for Kochi Prefecture

Rachael Dempsey, a Canadian who spent three years teaching English in Japan on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program, recently joined the staff of the JNTO Toronto office.  A recent graduate of the University of Toronto, she returned to Canada in 2006. 

As a Japan enthusiast who travelled the nation widely during her stay there, Rachael has first-hand knowledge of many of Japan's tourist destinations, cultural activities and social customs.  She is particularly well acquainted with the stunning beauty of rural Japan; she lived in the rustic town of Sakawa, located in Kochi Prefecture, for the full three years she spent in Japan. 

Kochi Prefecture is located on the southern side of Shikoku, the most rural and isolated of Japan's four main islands. This region is a photographer's fantasy—full of scenic landscapes—from quaint villages nestled among lush rice paddies to dramatic mountain slopes that drop off into electric blue ocean waves.  More than just a beautiful sight to behold, the landscape has also defined the character of Kochi; surrounded by ocean to the south and cut off from the major urban centres to the north by a steep mountain range, the prefecture has remained insulated from external influences.  In its architecture, in its language, and, most of all, in the daily lives of the people who live there, Kochi Prefecture exemplifies and preserves the Japan of ancient times that so many travellers yearn to experience.

Watch for the next issue for more on Kochi Prefecture and other gems of southern Japan.

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e="Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif">CONTACT:
Japan National Tourism Organization
481 University Avenue, Suite 306 Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9
Tel: 416-366-7140
Fax: 416-366-4530
E-mail: info@jntoyyz.com
Website: www.ilovejapan.ca

www.ilovejapan.ca