Futaba have been making RC gear for many decades, they are one of the first RC pioneers out of Japan.
The current MJ/MS are very good units. Very well made,they are robust & reliable. They also feel pretty good in the hand, well weighted. With the 8AAs flat at the base, it is also very stable standing up.
At current prices for the Oz-distributed models (they dropped after xmas 2003), they're damned good value.