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Mitsubishi Heavy to close two SpaceJet offices in North America

Employment threatened as the troubled company halts development of regional jet

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' SpaceJet on display at the Paris Air Show in June 2019: The passenger jet has been delayed further by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Naoki Watanabe)

TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will close two of its three offices for SpaceJet aircraft subsidiary Mitsubishi Aircraft in North America, plans that are likely to affect a few hundred jobs, Nikkei has learned.

Closing will be the U.S. headquarters of Mitsubishi Aircraft in Renton, Washington, and another office that does design work in Canada's Quebec. The test flight site in Washington state's Moses Lake remains, but the number of staff will be reduced.

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