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Japan’s top parking lot operator to open flying car base in 2025

TOKYO — Park24, the largest car park operator in Japan, will convert a parking facility into a takeoff and landing base for flying cars in the western Kansai region in 2025 as part of the World Expo, Nikkei has learned.   More companies are entering the business of operating flying cars, which refer to electrically powered vertical takeoff and landing….Read more

  • May 27, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 2:56 p.m.
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U.S., Japan to strengthen space cooperation

Yomiuri wrote that President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida agreed in their joint statement released on Monday that their two nations will promote cooperation in the area of space, including in the U.S.-led Artemis project. According to the paper, the President referred to Japan’s Hayabusa 2 space probe at the joint press conference and stressed that it is a symbol….Read more

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Astronaut Noguchi to retire from JAXA 

Saturday’s Mainichi and Nikkei wrote that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced on Friday that Astronaut Noguchi Soichi will leave the agency on June 1. Noguchi will hold a news conference on May 25 to officially announce his retirement. Noguchi is one of only three people in the world to have flown into space on three different spacecraft: NASA’s….Read more

  • May 21, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei
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Japan, U.S. to cooperate on Moon landing by Japanese astronaut

TOKYO — Japan and the United States plan to announce their “shared ambition” to realize a future Moon landing by a Japanese astronaut in a document to be released when U.S. President Joe Biden visits Tokyo next week, sources close to the matter said Thursday.   The announcement, to be made by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Biden, will….Read more

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Japan’s space policy document stipulates Quad cooperation in outer space

NHK reported on a draft interim report on the Basic Space Program that sets forth a roadmap for the nation’s use of outer space, noting that it pledges greater cooperation in outer space between the United States, Japan, Australia, and India. While mentioning the growing “threats and risks that hamper the sustainable and stable use of outer space” as exemplified….Read more

  • May 17, 2022
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President Biden mulls visit to space-related facility during Japan trip

Kyodo News reported that diplomatic sources said Wednesday that President Biden is considering visiting a space-related facility in Tokyo when he travels to Japan later this month in a move to bolster bilateral cooperation in economic security. The wire service said President Biden’s envisaged visit to the facility will come at a time when the United States has intensified its….Read more

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Japan panel seeks “space weather forecaster” certification

Tokyo, May 10 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese government panel Tuesday proposed the establishment of private-sector certification for the profession “space weather forecaster” to monitor and predict the effects of solar flares on communications and electronics.   In a draft report, the internal affairs ministry panel of experts warned that a once-in-a-century massive flare may cause enormous damage through electromagnetic waves.  ….Read more

  • May 10, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 5:46 p.m.
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Lunar probe uses eco-friendly water-powered thrusters for propulsion

Space propulsion methods are diversifying with the creation of water-powered thrusters that are safe, eco-friendly and sustainable. One start-up, Pale Blue Inc., is already looking for business opportunities in the field.   Water-powered thrusters use low pressure to convert water into vapor. When the vapor is ejected into space at high speeds, it creates propulsion. While it is weaker than….Read more

  • May 7, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 10:40 a.m.
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JAXA’s Epsilon rocket to carry first commercial satellites

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said on April 22 that its Epsilon-6 solid-fuel rocket scheduled to be launched this fiscal year will carry small satellites developed by a Japanese space startup. It is the first order JAXA received to launch commercial satellites by the Epsilon.   The first satellites to be launched commercially are two small radar satellites developed….Read more

  • April 23, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 31
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More than 2,000 pass astronaut screening: JAXA

On April 22, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the results of its new recruitment of Japanese astronauts. Of a record 4,127 applicants, 2,266 (55%) passed the first screening. They will be required to take an English test and other examinations and to undergo interviews. They will be narrowed down to “several” by around February 2023.   According to….Read more

  • April 23, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 31
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