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The government has decided to provide full support to Japan Airlines Corp., including possible infusion of public money. A task force of corporate turnaround experts has been created to help the airline, but it will not be able to resuscitate the nation’s struggling top air carrier without full-scale efforts from both the workforce and management of JAL.

The main cause of JAL’s pickle is high costs deriving from such factors as surplus workers, high wages, pensions with higher than normal benefits, and flights along routes that are unlikely to produce profits from the first. JAL has made efforts to improve the situation in each area, but they have been insufficient.

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