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New transport minister Seiji Maehara said Thursday that bankruptcy is not an option for struggling Japan Airlines Corp., emphasizing that JAL and All Nippon Airways Co. must remain as the two pillars of Japan’s aviation industry.

Maehara also indicated at a news conference that the new government led by the Democratic Party of Japan would accelerate efforts to rehabilitate JAL, saying, “The time left for us for the rehabilitation of JAL is limited.”

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