The money will mostly go toward facilities to build, maintain and repair the MRJ, Japan's first domestically developed and built plane since the turboprop YS11, which first flew in 1962 and is no longer in service in Japan. Some of the funds will be also used for capital investment in parts suppliers.Japan, of course, has been in a decades long period of "suspended animation"; low growth, to no growth to contraction. Abenomics (pronounced ah-bay-nomics) has been the usual collection of central bank tricks we're seeing here in the US: quantitative easing, fiscal stimulus and the ever-popular structural reforms. In addition to the money they're using to prop up Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, they're also giving money to their ship building industry.
The support from the state-owned bank is aimed at easing the financial strain at Mitsubishi Aircraft, the Mitsubishi Heavy unit in charge of the project. The parent company also plans to raise money from other sources.
The DBJ's investment is part of its plan to put 500 billion yen over five years into various projects aimed at improving Japan's industrial competitiveness.
20 years of it hasn't worked in Japan, but they're doing it again, only harder. And Janet and her crew is swearing it will work here. You know, "this time is different (tm)". Just like they've said before every other crash for the last 800 years.
Mitsubishi Regional Jet.