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The Pilot in the Cockpit? In Japan, He Might Be a Retiree

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NAGASAKI, Japan — Shigekazu Miyazaki is spending what should have been his retirement in the air.

Miyazaki, a pilot with nearly four decades’ experience at All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline, left the carrier last year at its mandatory retirement age of 65. But rather than take up golf or fishing, Miyazaki has been piloting 39-seat propeller planes since April for Oriental Air Bridge, a tiny airline that connects the southwestern city of Nagasaki to a group of remote islands.

“I never would have thought I’d still be flying at 65,” Miyazaki, who is trim and has a deep voice and a full head of gray hair, said

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