I have heard a claim that Japanese airlines used to have a poor safety record. Allegedly, this was ascribed to a strong emphasis on teacher - master relationship that made it difficult for junior pilots to expresses their concerns leading to potentially dangerous situations that could be averted in a more collaborative work environment.
- Is there a period in history when Japanese airlines used to have comparatively poor safety record?
- If so, does any research point to reason being the teacher - master collaboration?
What I have tried
Googling safety record of Japanese airlines. Majority of articles on the subject, which I have found, point to the strong safety record of Japanese airlines. The exception is one article from The New York Times that mentions:
TOKYO, Oct. 4 - Officials of Japan Airlines like to boast about their impressive safety record: 20 years and more than 600 million passengers without a fatality. That is a particular achievement in travel-crazy Japan, where airports are often small and overcrowded, and airlines, like trains and buses, stay on schedule like clockwork. This year, however, a string of nonlethal accidents, from an exploding engine to tires falling off a passenger jet, have spurred questions by airline experts and employees about the airline, which has been hit by the same price competition and high fuel costs as the old-line American carriers.