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Boeing 777X delay leaves Japan suppliers in earnings limbo

Mitsubishi Heavy, Kawasaki and others face longer horizon to recovering investments

Japan's ANA Holdings, parent of All Nippon Airways, has ordered 20 Boeing 777X jets, pictured here in a rendering. (Photo courtesy of ANA)

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and other Japanese aerospace suppliers face an earnings risk on the horizon after Boeing said it will once again delay deliveries of its 777X passenger jet, with parts manufacturers large and small dependent on business from the U.S. aircraft maker.

Japanese companies are set to make about 20% of the wide-body aircraft's main structural components.

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