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To the moon: Japanese insurers leap into lunar exploration

TOKYO — Two major Japanese insurers are developing policies for commercial lunar exploration, offering a safety net to encourage private-sector companies to enter a risky and expensive but potentially lucrative field.

  • April 21, 2022
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Japan counts down to 1st moon landing

By Yosuke Watanabe and Yusuke Tomiyama / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers   Japan is inching ever-closer to its first moon landing, as research and development moves into top gear from this fiscal year.   The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and space-development startups are working to launch unique probes and rovers to the Earth’s solitary natural satellite. Moon-exploration projects are….Read more

  • April 18, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:02 p.m.
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Nissan to cooperate with NASA on next-generation batteries

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)–Nissan Motor Co. <7201> has announced a tie-up with NASA on the development of all-solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.     The major Japanese automaker and the U.S. space agency will work on joint research on materials that will help improve the performance of the next-generation batteries. Nissan hopes to put the batteries into practical use in….Read more

  • April 10, 2022
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Japan astronomers find what may be farthest galaxy ever

Tokyo, April 7 (Jiji Press)–An international team including Japanese astronomers said Thursday that it has spotted what may be the farthest galaxy ever observed, using observation data collected by Japan’s Subaru Telescope.   The galaxy, called HD1, is thought to be 13.5 billion light-years away from Earth. Additional observations are necessary to confirm the distance.   The galaxy was observed….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
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Record 4,127 people apply to become JAXA astronauts

Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)–The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Tuesday that it has received applications from a record 4,127 people to become astronauts.   The number jumped 4.3-fold from the previous recruitment by JAXA in 2008, when 963 people applied.   JAXA is scheduled to choose by around February next year several candidates, one of whom may….Read more

  • April 5, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:44 p.m.
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The space(port) race: Asian nations jostle for rocket launch business

By MITSURU OBE and AKITO TANAKA, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondents   This is the second in a series of Nikkei Asia articles on the players, possibilities and problems of the new era in space.   OITA, Japan — For more than a hundred years, tourists have come to Oita Prefecture to sample its restorative hot springs and marvel at….Read more

  • April 1, 2022
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North Korea vows to promote “satellite development”

NHK reported on a statement made by an official of the North Korean National Space Development Agency that was posted on an official DPRK website. The official referred to the five-year national defense program that was formulated in January 2021 by saying the development of reconnaissance satellites is part of the “peaceful use of space” that is a legitimate right….Read more


ASDF space operations unit established to monitor space debris and satellites

A new space operations unit of the Air Self-Defense Force has been established to monitor space debris and foreign satellites, among other operations.   The Defense Ministry held a unit flag presentation ceremony at the ASDF Fuchu Air Base in Tokyo on Friday. At the ceremony, Makoto Oniki, state defense minister, said, “It is important to ensure Japan’s advantage in….Read more

  • March 19, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:47 p.m.
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JAXA to launch moon lander in FY2022

On March 15, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the outline of the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), a lunar lander scheduled for launch in FY2022, and its moon observation plan. SLIM incorporates technology for a pinpoint landing at a targeted location on the lunar surface and will be used for future exploration of the Moon and Mars.….Read more

  • March 16, 2022
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Ukraine asks Japan for satellite data amid Russian invasion

TOKYO — Ukraine has asked Japan for satellite imagery, Nikkei has learned, as it tries to fend off invading Russian troops.   Ukraine is believed to be seeking high-resolution ground imagery to get a better grasp of the movements of Russian troops. Japan operates satellites with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) that can capture images day and night, and through clouds….Read more

  • March 17, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:01 p.m.
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