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    An overview of Japanís space activities

    Summary of what Japan has done and development of Japan's space policies.

    http://www.spacetechasia.com/an-over...ce-activities/

    Let us go back a decade, to 2008. The Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, the iPhone 3G had been introduced by Apple, and it was also the International Year of Planet Earth (anyone remember this?), declared by the United Nations.

    In Japan, the year 2008 turned out to be a special turning point for the space community; Basic Space Law, which has since served to be the foundation of all Japanese space activities, was enacted by the Diet (Japanese Parliament) on May 21st.

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    Just like USA and China, Japan too has private companies aiming to build rockets. Now Japanese company, Interstellar Technology, has successfully launched a rocket over 60 miles above earth

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/japanese-p...060758086.html

    A Japanese aerospace start-up funded by a former internet maverick has successfully launched a small rocket into space, making it the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit.

    Interstellar Technology said the unmanned MOMO-3 rocket exceeded 60 miles in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean. It was launched from the company’s test site in the town of Taiki on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido and flew about 10 minutes.
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    "Japan budgets a record $4.14 billion for space activities" in the year 2021.

    https://spacenews.com/japan-budgets-...ce-activities/

    In response to the reignited global space race, Japan is planning a record space budget of 449.6 billion yen ($4.14 billion) in the fiscal year 2021, up 23.1 percent over the current fiscal year that ends March 30, according to draft budget documents.

    Japan’s proposed space budget, which encompasses planned space activities of 11 government ministries, includes 51.4 billion yen ($472 million) set aside for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to participate in NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, 18.9 billion yen for the development and advancement of the H3 rocket, and 80 billion yen for the nation’s Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) program, according to the documents.

    Japan is also planning to expand the Space Operations Squadron, a new space defense unit under the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, launched with 20 members in May 2020 to monitor and counter threats to Japan’s satellites, with its total budget undisclosed in the documents. The squadron will undergo a restructuring this year to add 50 more members and “carry out various planning and execution of activities in outer space,” the documents state.

    The 449.6 billion yen for space activities was approved March 2 by Japan’s House of Representatives as part of a broader 106.6 trillion yen ($979 billion) initial general-account budget for fiscal 2021. The budget bill is now on the table of the House of Councillors, waiting for its final endorsement, according to Kyodo News Agency.
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    A proposed mission concept to Trojan asteroids https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article...icle/-char/ja/ Hayabusa Mark2 https://www.ice.csic.es/research/Mar...13/gal_en.html Gravitational wave Observatory (or DECIGO) very similar to the cancelled? NASA-ESA mission Laser Interferometer Space Antenna https://decigo.jp/index_E.html

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