Japanese officials said yesterday that the government will not guarantee any loans extended to Japan Airlines (ATWOnline, Dec. 9). Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii said the government had agreed to "consider" backing some ¥100 billion ($1.09 billion) in loans from the Development Bank of Japan, "but it did not say we would actually do it." He added: "This is a matter that should be worked out by private companies. The DBJ is wholly owned by the state but it has the status of a private ...

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