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Transport minister Seiji Maehara said Thursday he expected a more positive explanation the day before from the executives of American Airlines Inc. on the merits of the U.S. carrier forging capital ties with cash-strapped Japan Airlines Corp.

“American promoted itself to a certain extent, but it spent most of the time explaining why JAL cannot partner with Delta,” Maehara said of his meeting with American Chief Executive Officer Gerald Arpey. “To be honest, I wish they had given us a slightly more forward-looking explanation.”

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