(In a corporate newsletter dated October 21, Japan Airlines struck back at the filmmakers of Shizumanu Taiyo, a thinly veiled fictional account of the crash of JAL Flight 123 in 1985.)
The harsh financial conditions surrounding our company are attracting the attention of the public…. Not only does this damage [the public’s] trust in us as a company, it could also lead to a loss of customers…. There is no way that such fraud [as depicted in the film] occurred… Fictionalizing [the accident] for a film and trying to use it for corporate gain is inconsiderate to the families of the deceased. We are considering what appropriate measures to take in regards to this.