Japan is aiming for a larger share of the world's aerospace industry.
CU & GV Boeing 767 leaving hangar for maiden flight, August 1981 (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR Fuji factory, making parts of Boeing 767 (3 shots)
SV Machine shaping metal for wings; men working on fuselage (2 shots)
CU & GV BK-117 Kowalski Messerschmidt anti-tank helicopter in flight (2 shots)
AIR TO AIR (FILE) Diamond One in flight (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Model of RJ-500 engine in display (2 shots)
GV Mitsubishi F-15 jet on maiden flight, 26 Aug. 1981 (2 shots)
SV Japanese surface-to-air Niki missiles on launch pad (2 shots)
GV ZOOM TO Rocket on launching site at Kagoshima
SV PAN UP Rocket on launch pad
GV Countdown and rocket blasts off
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Background: Japan is aiming for a larger share of the world's aerospace industry. The Federal Aviation Administration has provided Mitsubishi Industries with a certificate of export the nine-seat executive jet of the MU-300 series known as "Diamond One", and a consortium of Japanese firms in hoping to secure a deal with other international companies for the co-production of a medium-haul aircraft of 120 to 160 seats. Japanese firms have not tried to build another medium-haul aircraft since production of their YS 11 model stopped in 1973 because of low-sales. But Mitsubishi, Ishikawa-Harima Heavy Industries and Fuji are all involved in making parts for the Boeing 767. Japan's technological ability has already itself in space and military projects. But the Japanese, wary of the state of the world's aviation industry, have opted to build in partnership rather than 'go it alone'.