Japan’s technology ministry has laid out a plan to prepare the technology that the country will need for an airliner program to follow the Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ regional jet. The aircraft would not appear until around 2040—about 23 years after the MRJ regional jet is due to enter service—but it would incorporate advanced Japanese technology and even use a Japanese engine. Aerospace accounts for 1.4% of the economies of the U.S. and European countries, but for only 0.29% ...

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