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Old 7th Apr 2020, 09:23
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Originally Posted by The Dominican
I wish I could tell you an answer, any answer positive or negative. At this point we just don't know.

The cases of Coronavirus have increased dramatically here in Japan on the last week or so, we are expecting a lockdown to be announced today and if that happens, well that would throw a big wrench into the machine at AJX.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...231645506.html

state of emergency declared
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Old 7th Apr 2020, 11:45
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A state of emergency was declared but they didn’t go as far as to quarantine everyone, public transport continue to operate and the airlines as well, although there are numerous travel restrictions in place. We continue to operate so far.
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Old 7th Apr 2020, 21:29
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Originally Posted by The Dominican
Yes, apparently the Prime Minister will speak today and it is expected that he will order just that, I'm on my way to the supermarket to try and stock up on what I need. That will have further impact on the job here, as to how long, we don't know.
Wouldn't you be able to go home for the length of the lockdown?
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 01:12
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As of 3rd April if you leave you are not allowed to step foot in Japan until further notice (unless you are a Japanese passport holder).
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 03:53
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Originally Posted by The Range
Wouldn't you be able to go home for the length of the lockdown?
Yes of course! But I'm getting older so a month won't be enough to swim home!

Come on compadre! How? There are no flights!
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 04:02
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Originally Posted by bringbackthe80s
As of 3rd April if you leave you are not allowed to step foot in Japan until further notice (unless you are a Japanese passport holder).
As far as I know, Japanese residents (on spouse visa, or some other visas) are allowed back in but will need to self quarantine for 14 days.
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 07:32
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Hi All and Regular Contributors,

I hope you are all keeping well in Japan with everything going on in the world and in Asia. Although it might not ever eventuate because of the obvious world issues, I have just begun the application process for an FO position with AJX.

Although it has been answered, I was just wanted to confirm the BMI part of the medical as I am about to embark on some pretty drastic dieting/starvation.
Always been quite stocky and years of swimming and weight training hasn't helped. Fit and healthy as such otherwise.

Just wanted to confirm (once and for all) that BMI 29 is a hard limit and even if you are extremely low body fat being above 29 would be a MEDICAL FAIL?
I shall make attempt to make it work if so. Literally planning on starving myself Christian Bale Machinist style to lose muscle if I have to and my application goes ahead.

Thanks so much, and sorry for the repetition of the question.

regards, TS.
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 07:44
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as far as I understand, these are hard limits, unfortunately, no allowance is made for well built, tall people. We all have to fit in a specific box, which is tailored to the average Japanese person, not the average Westerner. Good luck with your efforts.
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 08:46
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Titan

Just stating the obvious, this is not a one off check, there will be at least one more (maybe more) before you ever start training if successful and then one per year until 60.

If you struggle with the 29 (thought it was 30?) BMI limit due your body shape/muscle building...whatever....this will be ongoing.

Interestingly the Koreans do not have a hard BMI limit anymore (there's a story there) but it remains a non-negotiable aspect from the Japanese for now.

Cheers, good luck.

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Old 8th Apr 2020, 09:00
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Thanks to all for the responses.

Absolutely I realise its an ongoing thing that I would have to make sure I am below through changing body shape/diet etc. for years to come.
29 I was told was for the interview through the agency I am dealing with (they said they wouldn't send me unless I am below that), but I below 30 was the number quoted for JCAB. Just wasn't sure if there was a skin fold test or something to back that up, but seems not unfortunately.

Only just recently lost my job due to the current circumstances last week, so no matter how hard it might be even with a slither of hope should the opportunity present itself I would be willing to make it work. Little bit hard to see how any recruitment would happening in this current environment, but nonetheless I shall press on.

Cheers and take care lads.
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 09:19
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Originally Posted by ACJDriver
As far as I know, Japanese residents (on spouse visa, or some other visas) are allowed back in but will need to self quarantine for 14 days.
Most AJX pilots are not Japanese residents therefore if they are currently in Japan they can work. If not (because they are on days off in their respective countries) they can not go back to work.
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Old 8th Apr 2020, 18:13
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Originally Posted by The Dominican
Yes of course! But I'm getting older so a month won't be enough to swim home!

Come on compadre! How? There are no flights!
I thought there were still a few flights. Some airlines are still flying around the world. Or you could get a ride on a cargo flight. I don't know, you're better informed than me, that's why I was asking.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 01:40
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Originally Posted by The Range
I thought there were still a few flights. Some airlines are still flying around the world. Or you could get a ride on a cargo flight. I don't know, you're better informed than me, that's why I was asking.
It is extremely limited to many places where the pilot group commutes to and then there are the connecting flight which is my major issue.

We don't have any jumpseat agreements at all, we can't even ride on our own freighters so catching a ride on a freighter is not an option.
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Old 9th Apr 2020, 11:33
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Originally Posted by The Dominican
It is extremely limited to many places where the pilot group commutes to and then there are the connecting flight which is my major issue.

We don't have any jumpseat agreements at all, we can't even ride on our own freighters so catching a ride on a freighter is not an option.
Sorry about that

Un saludo
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Old 10th Apr 2020, 07:33
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Could anyone provide some information about the conversion of an EASA ATPL with A320 type rating to a Japanese ATPL. Specifically, if one gets a job with a Japanese airline, what kind of exams are required and approximately how long does it take? Is there a database of questions for written and aural exams?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11th Apr 2020, 17:50
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Originally Posted by LNAV VNAV -
Could anyone provide some information about the conversion of an EASA ATPL with A320 type rating to a Japanese ATPL. Specifically, if one gets a job with a Japanese airline, what kind of exams are required and approximately how long does it take? Is there a database of questions for written and aural exams?

Thanks in advance!
No databases. Most interview written questions are based on the FAA ATP exam. As far as conversions, there is no conversion. You will get a JCAB ATPL at the end of training. Training is about 6-8 months long. You take a couple of different test. It's been 10 years for me so can't' remember exactly but I do remember a Radio exam and a Law exam.

By the way, all of this info is in this thread.
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Old 12th Apr 2020, 00:29
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Originally Posted by mark one eyeball
Dont sell your soul to a job in iapan
they are a sad culture
dont lose ur self respect for money
could you be any more vague, Mr Positive?
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Old 12th Apr 2020, 05:28
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Originally Posted by mark one eyeball
Dont sell your soul to a job in iapan
they are a sad culture
dont lose ur self respect for money
ok but Iím not sure if me keeping my soul, will be much of a consolation to my starving children!
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Old 12th Apr 2020, 07:56
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Originally Posted by LNAV VNAV -
Could anyone provide some information about the conversion of an EASA ATPL with A320 type rating to a Japanese ATPL. Specifically, if one gets a job with a Japanese airline, what kind of exams are required and approximately how long does it take? Is there a database of questions for written and aural exams?

Thanks in advance!
This is a common misconception with this job. You do not have to re-do ATPL subjects again. All the references to getting a Japanese ATPL mean after your training is complete you will be issued with a Japanese ATPL. Written exams are the usual system questions, air law and a radio exam which was last updated in 1950! That's all.
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Old 15th Apr 2020, 16:10
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Iím currently flying the 787 as skipper in the Middle East. Is Air Japan genuinely recruiting B767 NTR skippers currently or are they putting all applications on hold ?
Just wondering very seriously
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