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Japan fears aftershocks of JAL's Airbus order

Boeing may shift some production from Japan to China

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Testing times: JAL's deal to buy 31 Airbus jets is likely to weaken Japan's co-operation with Boeing that has not only benefited the country's industrial giants such as Mitsubishi Heavy but also enabled Boeing to dominate Japan's aviation market with an 80 per cent share. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[TOKYO] For five decades, Boeing has awarded bigger and bigger shares of its supply contracts to Japanese firms, but that could change after Japan Airlines' shock defection to Airbus and as the US planemaker seeks to win orders in China. Boeing's carbon composite 787 is 35 per cent made in Japan