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All Nippon Airways Co. has become the most popular company for job-seeking university students for the second consecutive year, job magazine publisher Recruit Co. said Thursday.

ANA rival Japan Airlines Corp. dropped from 11th place to 37th, reflecting problems with safety and services in the past year.

ANA was followed by travel agency JTB Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. in Recruit’s annual poll, which was conducted in February on some 21,300 university and graduate school students seeking jobs after graduation in March 2007.

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ ranked sixth after its birth from the merger between the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and UFJ Bank in January.

Recruit said the employment situation has become favorable for job-seeking students because companies are expanding recruitment thanks to brisk earnings and the massive retirement of baby boomers expected to begin in 2007.