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Statement by Minister Hayashi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Success of the First Flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)

November 11, 2015

  1. On November 11, 2015, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation reported to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) succeeded in its first flight. The MRJ’s first flight, which was achieved half a century after the YS-11 project, marks the beginning of a new era for Japan’s aircraft industry, and I’m extremely pleased to make this announcement. I would like to express my deepest respect for the efforts of everyone involved.
  2. This first flight is also the outcome of steady collaboration made by people involved in international joint development and other efforts over the generations since the production of the YS-11 was discontinued. I also would like to express my gratitude for the many contributions of all those engaged in the aircraft industry more broadly.
  3. The aircraft industry involves a large number of parts and a wide range of businesses. In addition, it produces high added value and has a significant technological ripple effect, which will become a driving force that will support the growth of Japan. In such a situation, Japan-led projects for aircraft manufacturing have great significance. The MRJ is the project through which Japan’s aircraft industry will make dramatic progress in the future.
  4. We expect that the development of the MRJ will continue with steady progress toward first delivery, and we will make every effort through cooperation between the government and the private sector to be successful with this project.

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Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Last updated:2015-11-11
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