JAPAN still has a different perception of honour than other places. The chairman of Japan Airlines, Isao Kaneko, will resign at the end of the month to take responsibility for a string of safety lapses. The departure is also motivated by health problems. The announcement came just a day after a JAL flight from New York ” Tokyo with 355 passengers aboard made an emergency landing in Sapporo after a sudden drop in air pressure inside the cabin. The carrier has been under mounting pressure amid a series of embarrassing safety lapses that drew widespread attention in January when a JAL pilot attempted to take off without receiving approval from air traffic controllers. The airline was humiliated when Japan's Transport Ministry issued a highly unusual public warning to the company earlier this year. Just last week another JAL jet carrying 85 passengers bound for Manila, was re-routed to Kansai when its altimeter malfunctioned shortly after takeoff, causing a two hour delay on the ground.