JAPAN: Three Japanese cargo executives indicted

A former executive of Japan Airlines International and two former executives of Nippon Cargo Airlines were indicted recently for allegedly participating in a global air cargo price-fixing conspiracy, according to the US Justice Department. A US grand jury passed indictments for Takao Fukuchi, former president of JAL Cargo Sales, and Yoshio Kunugi and Naoshige Makino, […]


A former executive of Japan Airlines International and two former executives of Nippon Cargo Airlines were indicted recently for allegedly participating in a global air cargo price-fixing conspiracy, according to the US Justice Department. A US grand jury passed indictments for Takao Fukuchi, former president of JAL Cargo Sales, and Yoshio Kunugi and Naoshige Makino, who used to work for Nippon Cargo Airlines, the department said in a press statement. With this most recent indictment, the Justice Department has charged 19 airlines and 17 executives with price fixing in the air transportation industry. Four executives have been sentenced to prison, and more than US$1.7 billion in criminal fines have been imposed. The European Commission in Brussels has a related investigation, which imposed another US$1.1 billion in fines on 11 airlines earlier in November for the same conspiracy.