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May 09, 2005
JAL Chairman to Retire

TOKYO May 9,2005: The chairman of Japan Airlines Corporation, Isao Kaneko, will retire from the board on May 31. A JAL Corporation board meeting today, May 9th, approved Mr. Kaneko's appointment as a senior advisor to the JAL Group, effective from June 1st. Currently he is chairman of Japan Airlines Corporation - the JAL Group holding company. He became C.E.O. of the new JAL Group in June 2003, and stepped down from the post on April 1st 2005.

Isao Kaneko (65) was elected president of JAL, Japan's biggest international airline, on June 26 1998, after an airline career focused mainly on human resources, personnel management and industrial relations. He was also the chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) the trade association of the international airline industry, until June 2004.

He joined JAL in April 1960 after graduating from Tokyo University's Law Department in March 1960. After experience in JAL's international cargo department, he joined the airline's industrial relations department, where he was to spend much of his JAL career. In 1968 he was posted to JAL's American Region headquarters in New York where he worked in administration, with involvement in local labor issues. He returned to Tokyo and JAL's industrial relations department in 1972.

JAL career highlights

December 1980

Deputy Vice President, Industrial Relations

June 1983

Regional Manager, Italy

June 1985

Vice President, Industrial Relations

June 1991

Elected to the JAL Board of Directors

June 1995

Appointed Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Human Resources

June 1997

Senior Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Human Resources

June 26 1998

Elected JAL President at 48th AGM

October 2 2002

Establishment of Japan Airlines System Corporation, JAL Group holding company

President and C.E.O. of Japan Airlines and concurrently President and C.E.O. of Japan Airlines System Corporation

June 26 2003

Confirmed as President and C.E.O. of Japan Airlines System Corporation (JAL Group C.E.O.) and concurrently chairman of Japan Airlines and Japan Air System. (These companies were renamed Japan Airlines International and Japan Airlines Domestic respectively from April 1 2004).

June 25 2004

Confirmed as chairman and C.E.O. of Japan Airlines Corporation - the JAL Group holding company - and concurrently chairman of Japan Airlines International and Japan Airlines Domestic System

Personal interests: Mr. Kaneko is an avid reader with very broad tastes. His favorite sport is basketball and if he were not in the airline business, he would have liked to be a basketball coach. He is the founder of the JAL women's basketball team, the JAL Rabbits, and was for a time their coach. He is now the team's honorary president.

Born in March 1, 1938 , he is married, with a daughter and resides in Tokyo.

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