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Japan to boost foreign plane safety checks
31 December 2007

The Japanese Construction and Transport Ministry has decided to strengthen monitoring of foreign airlines operating in Japan with a view to improving safety and preventing accidents.
The tighter monitoring will start next fiscal year and is a major change in the ministry`s current safety policy, under which it depends on foreign aviation authorities to supervise airlines based in their countries. The ministry judged that it is necessary to conduct its own safety guidance ahead of an expected increase in the number of foreign airlines serving this country.
According to the sources, the ministry will appoint `safety control officers` who will specialize in monitoring the safety of overseas airlines. When a foreign airline is classified as `caution necessary,` the officers will step up monitoring of the company and call on the aviation authorities in the relevant country to instruct the company to improve its safety standards. (The Yomiuri Shimbun)