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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.

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