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JAL Chairman Shinmachi to Retire

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Monday, 11 February 2008

The chairman of Japan Airlines Corporation and Japan Airlines International, Toshiyuki Shinmachi, has confirmed that he will retire from the board on March 31, 2008.

Toshiyuki Shinmachi (65) was elected president of JAL in June 2004 after an airline career focused primarily on the cargo transportation business. On April 1, 2005 he assumed the position of JAL Group CEO. On June 2006, he took up his current position as JAL Group chairman.

Born on January 20, 1943, Mr. Shinmachi joined JAL in April 1965 after graduating from Gakushuin University where he studied politics and economics. He spent nearly his entire career in JALís cargo department which included three overseas assignments in Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York.

No successor has been appointed to the position of chairman. The position will remain vacant after Mr. Shinmachi retires.

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