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Boeing enlists Japan Inc. in pursuit of electric planes

Aerospace giant seeks cooperation in motors, lightweight materials and factory automation

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner on display in Japan. Japanese industry will play a bigger role in developing next-generation Boeing planes. (Photo by Masamichi Hoshi)

TOKYO -- Boeing will work with Japanese companies, universities and the government to develop technologies for lightweight next-generation aircraft that use electric propulsion to reduce carbon emissions.

The collaboration will deepen Japanese involvement in aviation, an industry that Tokyo has long sought to nurture. Boeing's partners will include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which assembles wings for the U.S. aerospace company's 787 Dreamliner and fuselage components for its 777X series of jets.

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