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Transport minister Seiji Maehara called a hasty news conference Wednesday to repeat the government’s determination to support Japan Airlines Corp. and said financial institutions abroad are “excessively concerned” about the struggling carrier’s future.

“We would firmly support Japan Airlines in the case of an emergency,” Maehara said at the news conference in the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. “Although overseas financial institutions are excessively worried (about JAL), its reconstruction is fully possible.”

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