OSAKA — Ari Fuji was not deterred when she was deemed too small for admission to the government-affiliated pilot training school. Instead, she went to the United States to get a pilot’s license and became Japan’s first female captain for commercial passenger flights this month.

Fuji, 42, now dons a short-sleeve uniform of JAL Express Co. with four gold stripes, one more than during her first-officer years. “I feel the weight of one stripe added,” a nervous-looking Fuji said after her appointment ceremony at the company’s Osaka headquarters on July 9.

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