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NASA report: “Japan reluctant to join” Mars exploration program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s inspection office released on May 5 a report saying Japan is reluctant to participate in its manned Mars exploration program since Japan has said that “it would be difficult to take part in the program until the role it should play becomes clear.”

  • May 7, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 24
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SCIENCE > Space

JAXA gives up on recovering Hitomi X-ray satellite

All Friday papers wrote that JAXA announced on Friday that it decided to end efforts to restore control of its Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray satellite, which has been malfunctioning since late March, because the spacecraft, which cost several billion yen to develop, has suffered irreparable damage. Noting that the U.S. and Europe bore some of the cost for launching the satellite….Read more

  • April 29, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Japan, U.S. confirm space monitoring system

(Nikkei: February 27, 2016 – p. 4)    Japan and the U.S. held a meeting of the U.S.-Japan Space Cooperation Working Group on Feb. 26 at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and confirmed procedures for the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military to establish an information-sharing system for monitoring space activities by fiscal 2020.    The MOD will design radars….Read more

  • 2016-02-29 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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Two space-related bills to be approved by Cabinet next month

(Yomiuri: February 9, 2016 – p. 33)    On Feb. 8, the government announced that it planned for the Cabinet to approve two space-related bills in March: the “Space Activities Bill” (provisional name), that will clear the way for the private sector to engage independently in the rocket- launching business, and the “Satellite Remote Sensing Bill” (provisional name), that provides….Read more

  • 2016-02-09 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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Japan to monitor illegal logging from space

Tuesday evening’s Yomiuri ran an inside-page report saying that JAXA and JICA will launch a joint project this fall to monitor illegal logging in tropical forests in areas around the equator in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America by using the Advanced Land Observing Satellite “DAICHI-2.” The paper wrote that the satellite’s predecessor “DAICHI” achieved successful results in monitoring illegal….Read more

  • January 20, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Defense Ministry to operate satellites, launch SDF space surveillance unit

(Sentaku: December 2015 – p. 98)    The Ministry of Defense (MOD) will start operating its own satellites and launch a specialized Air SDF space surveillance unit in December. Officially, these steps are being taken to “strengthen the SDF’s communication capability” and “prevent space debris collisions,” but in reality, they are meant to counteract China, which is moving ahead with….Read more

  • 2015-12-03 15:00:00
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ECONOMY > Agriculture

Commercial satellite TV networks beef up their news programming

Regular news programs on terrestrial channels tend to prioritize attention-grabbing topics over information that is worth conveying, as they need to compete fiercely for viewer ratings. Meanwhile, satellite TV (known as BS in Japan) news programs, which have more freedom in terms of time and content, tend to offer in-depth news as they can delve into specific issues or report….Read more

  • October 28, 2015
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Japan’s space strategy at a crossroads: Japan late in shifting to small satellites

(Nikkei: October 5, 2015 – p. 13)    A task force with the mandate of expanding Japan’s overseas business in space systems held its first meeting in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, in August. Composed of public and private sector representatives, the task force aims to attract overseas orders for rocket launches and satellites. “It’s hard for Japan’s private companies to compete alone….Read more

  • 2015-10-06 15:00:00
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Japan’s space strategy at a crossroads

(Nikkei: September 28, 2015 – p. 13)    Japan’s space development strategy stands at a turning point. With the rise of China, Japan has strengthened its objective of opposing its huge neighbor by coordinating with the United States regarding participation in the International Space Station (ISS). To date, government orders have made up the lion’s share of demand for Japanese….Read more

  • 2015-10-02 15:00:00
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Russian aircraft enters Japan’s airspace?

(Mainichi: September 16, 2015 – p. 2)    The Ministry of Defense announced on Sept. 15 that one foreign aircraft, believed to be a Russian, intruded into Japanese airspace off the Nemuro Peninsula at around 2:00 p.m.    The Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) scrambled a total of four fighter jets and issued a warning for the intruder to leave the….Read more

  • 2015-09-16 15:00:00
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