As far as the JCAB course being shorter, again that came from the contract agency. And all pilots have to do, and pay for, the type rating, even if they already have one. This is the same at ANA, and I believe Skymark as well. Not sure on Skymark.
I will try to cut and paste some info on my next post.
Interesting intel, thanks for sharing the info being provided by the agency, I'll try to verify the training length from somebody that is in class now, it will be interesting to see if indeed there is such a short course being approved by the JCAB.
On regards of the type rating, neither AJX (the ANA contract) nor SKY make the applicants pay for their types, it is covered by the company