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Japan Airlines Corp. said Wednesday it has done away with individual offices for its 10 board members as well as the conference room at its headquarters, forcing them to share a single large room as part of management reform efforts.

The top officials, including President Haruka Nishimatsu and Chairman Toshiyuki Shinmachi, will have their own desks and an elliptical conference table where they can huddle for discussions in a new 360-sq.-meter space on the 24th floor of the 25-story building, JAL said.

Staff will have free access to the room to promote communications between management and lower-ranking employees.

The consolidation of executive offices freed up about 100 sq. meters of space, which will be used for conference rooms.

Earlier this year, Nishimatsu said he would cut his annual salary to 9.6 million yen to “share the pain” with other staff. JAL is now promoting restructuring efforts, including pay cuts and early retirement.

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