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Pentagon official calls for greater U.S.-Japan space partnership

  • October 28, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Today’s Nikkei front-paged remarks made to the daily by DOD Principal Director for Space Policy John Hill, who was visiting Japan to attend the Mount Fuji Dialogue.  The Pentagon official reportedly called China’s development of anti-satellite weapons a “very disturbing threat,” explaining that China has been investing heavily in this area since the late 1990s. The official stressed the importance of stronger U.S.-Japan collaboration in outer space, noting that while Japan has experience with communication satellites and ground-based radar to observe satellites, it lacks experience in applying those capabilities militarily. He was quoted as saying that “there’s great potential” for U.S.-Japan space cooperation in this field.  

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