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PM Kishida, President Biden to agree on space cooperation at upcoming summit

Yomiuri front-paged a report on Saturday saying it learned from several GOJ and USG sources that Prime Minister Kishida and President Biden are expected to agree to strengthen cooperation in the space field and in building supply chains for cutting-edge semiconductors when they hold talks in Japan later this month. The paper said arrangements are being made to include these items in a joint statement to be released following their summit on May 23. The daily wrote that by agreeing on space cooperation, Tokyo and Washington are aiming to take the initiative on the use of outer space to counter the growing threats posed by Moscow and Beijing.

 

According to the paper, Kishida and Biden are expected to agree at the summit to promote Maritime Domain Awareness, a framework aiming to ensure maritime security under which participating countries share intelligence obtained by satellites to detect suspicious vessels and other possible threats. The two leaders are also reportedly expected to agree to strengthen cooperation on developing a satellite constellation, an observation network that deploys a number of small satellites in a constellation-like formation. They are also expected to agree on cooperation on the U.S.-led Artemis program for human exploration of the surface of the moon.

 

The paper wrote that there is an urgent need to address security issues in space, primarily because China and Russia have conducted tests to destroy satellites using missiles. The daily said Kishida and Biden are expected to confirm that their countries will take the lead in establishing international rules for outer space, adding that they also plan to discuss cooperation on the matter during the Quad summit slated for May 24.

 

Sunday’s Sankei also reported that it learned from a GOJ source on Saturday that the governments of the United States and Japan have decided to agree when President Biden visits Japan from May 22 to 24 to strengthen their research, development, and production of semiconductors and to secure a stable supply of semiconductors. The paper said the two nations are planning to accelerate their cooperation in the field of economic security in light of the fact that China is building up not only its military power but also its economic and technological power. NHK aired a similar report this morning.

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