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Focus: Japan space startups seeking to manage without Soyuz

Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)–Japanese startups developing and operating satellites are being forced to review their business strategies as they can not use Russian Soyuz rockets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.     The number of small commercial satellite launches has been rising worldwide in line with the increasing use of data from space for such purposes as disaster prevention and agriculture.    ….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:00 a.m.
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Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases

All national dailies wrote that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided at its monitoring meeting on Thursday to raise its COVID-19 alert to the second highest of four levels amid a continuous rise in coronavirus infections in the country. Experts warned at the meeting that the virus is spreading again. On Thursday, Tokyo reported 3,621 new daily cases, up about 1,200….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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ANA to resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita after two-year hiatus

Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that All Nippon Airways said on Thursday that it will resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita on July 11. The carrier had suspended flights to Beijing in March 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. ANA will only operate one flight a week between the two cities for the time being in response to the Chinese….Read more

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205 applicants pass preliminary tests in JAXA astronaut recruitment

Japan’s space agency has announced that 205 applicants have passed preliminary examinations in its latest astronaut recruitment.   The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is looking for several new astronauts to take part in an international lunar exploration project.   The agency’s first recruitment in 13 years drew the largest-ever number of applicants, at 4,127.   Two-thousand-226 applicants passed….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
  • , NHK WORLD
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Former astronaut Noguchi to become IHI Corp. advisor

On June 27, IHI Corp. announced that [former] astronaut Noguchi Soichi will become its executive advisor effective July 1. Noguchi [recently] retired from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).   IHI will apply Noguchi’s expertise and advice on space development to create new businesses and develop human resources.   Noguchi developed and tested jet engines as an engineer at Ishikawajima-Harima….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
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Japan Medical Association picks new head, aims to mend ties with govt

The Japan Medical Association has elected a new president, Kichiro Matsumoto, following intense scrutiny over its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Matsumoto faces the difficult task of repairing relations with the government and the ruling parties, as well as restoring public trust.   Successive presidents of the association have served as chairpersons of Nihon Ishi Renmei — an influential….Read more

  • June 26, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 p.m.
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Japan’s spent nuclear fuel to be reprocessed in France 

Asahi and Nikkei reported on Saturday that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has sealed a contract with a French firm to transport to and reprocess in France spent nuclear fuel generated at the Fugen nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The French company will purchase for an undetermined price plutonium produced during reprocessing. The plutonium will be used by a….Read more

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Kishida gives no clear response to governor’s request for GOJ action on Futenma, PFAS

Okinawa Times wrote that Governor Tamaki held brief talks with Prime Minister Kishida ahead of Thursday’s ceremony in Okinawa marking the end of the Battle of Okinawa. According to Tamaki, the premier did not make a clear response to the governor’s request to the central government to set up a venue for dialogue on Futenma relocation or obtain the U.S.….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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Hazardous substance detected in drainage adjacent to Misawa AB

NHK’s Aomori station reported on Thursday that following the leakage of 760 liters of water from pipes at a hangar at Misawa AB in January, the GOJ and the governments of Aomori Prefecture and Misawa City conducted water quality surveys at ten locations near the base on June 17. The Misawa City Government announced on Thursday that chemical compounds 2.4….Read more

  • June 23, 2022
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Predeparture testing requirement stands in the way of welcoming foreign tourists

Nikkei reported on the recent arrival in Japan of multiple groups of international tourists for the first time in more than 2 years following the relaxation of COVID-19 border controls, noting that since Japan still requires incoming travelers to present at ports of entry negative results of PCR tests that must be conducted at clinics within three days ahead of….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
  • , Nikkei
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