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Mitsubishi Aircraft Unveils Japan’s First Passenger Jet

Japan displayed its first passenger jet after a delay of almost four years, with a helping hand from bullet-train specialists and a schedule to conduct first test flights next year.

Lights flashed and traditional Japanese taiko drummers pounded out the beat on Oct. 18 as Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. revealed the regional jet in a hanger at Nagoya airport. About 500 people, including the presidents of customers ANA Holdings Inc. and Trans States Airlines Inc., suppliers and government officials attended.