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Japan's 'China exit' subsidy helps Boeing supplier leave the US

$2bn scheme repatriates critical industries

“We wanted to control the supply chain as much as we can,” said Kazuhiro Mizuta, COO of AeroEdge. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

ASHIKAGA, JAPAN -- The coronavirus pandemic could easily have spelled the end for AeroEdge. For five years, the Japanese manufacturer in rural Tochigi Prefecture has mainly supplied one client, French engine maker Safran, and produced only one product -- turbine blades for two aircraft made by Airbus and Boeing.

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