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Aerospace & Defense Industries

Japan readies aid for aerospace suppliers to sell to Malaysia

First in series of steps to help smaller manufacturers win ASEAN business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry's decision to halt its passenger jet program marks a setback for Japanese aerospace-industry suppliers. (Photo by Yuki Naganawa)

TOKYO -- Japan will support small and midsize aviation parts suppliers expanding further into Asia, first joining forces with Malaysia to ease exports and joint ventures.

Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur will soon confirm plans to work together in promoting the aviation industry. Malaysia is a hub of global aerospace manufacturers, including General Electric, that are taking advantage of lower labor costs there.

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