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Japanese Firms Involved in F-15 Coproduction and Civil Aircraft Programs

NSIAD-92-178: Published: Jun 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Japanese aerospace industry's production, employment, market share, and trade over the past decade.

GAO found that: (1) the Japanese aerospace industry has grown over the past decade in terms of production, employment, market share, and trade; (2) the Japanese government and industry has targeted aerospace for development and promotion with emphasis on international relationships and supply of components and parts in the world market; (3) 32 Japanese aerospace firms are participating as partners or major subcontractors in civil aircraft programs with two U.S. firms; (4) one U.S. firm had a more extensive relationship with Japanese companies than did the other firm; (5) Japanese firms have been awarded contracts to supply items for the two U.S. firms' civil aircraft, but not always on the basis of price, delivery, or quality competitiveness; (6) 18 of the 40 Japanese companies identified as being involved in F-15 fighter coproduction are involved in development or production of U.S. civil aircraft; (7) experience with U.S. military and civil aircraft programs, along with evolving commercial and financial relationships, contributed to the ability of Japanese companies to obtain contracts in U.S. civil aircraft programs.