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Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Japan
April 23, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Japan

By Robert Farley
Japan has steadily increased its institutional military engagement with space, albeit still with a defensive posture.

Japan Spacecraft Approaches Earth to Drop Asteroid Samples
December 05, 2020

Japan Spacecraft Approaches Earth to Drop Asteroid Samples

By Associated Press
The Hayabusa2’s samples are due to arrive home on Sunday, after a year-long journey back from the asteroid Ryugu.
Japan’s Space Dream? Cleaning Up the Mess.
March 04, 2020

Japan’s Space Dream? Cleaning Up the Mess.

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan aims to pioneer the niche market of clearing out space debris.

Where No Alliance Has Gone Before: US-Japan Military Cooperation in Space
February 04, 2020

Where No Alliance Has Gone Before: US-Japan Military Cooperation in Space

By John Wright
The U.S. and Japan could be the first military alliance to operate in space.

In First, Japanese Space Probe Collects Underground Samples From Asteroid
July 12, 2019

In First, Japanese Space Probe Collects Underground Samples From Asteroid

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully landed on the asteroid and obtained soil samples.

Asia’s Many Space Races
December 01, 2018

Asia’s Many Space Races

By Joan Johnson-Freese
It's not just the U.S. and China; there are other equally strategic space races going on in Asia as well.

Japan Heads for the Moon
September 01, 2018

Japan Heads for the Moon

By Thisanka Siripala
The government and local startups are racing to get the first Japanese technology to the moon.
Japan's Defense Policy Decisions in 2018
January 03, 2018

Japan's Defense Policy Decisions in 2018

By Yuki Tatsumi
How will Japan make the most of a limited defense budget amid rising threats?

Can Japan Clean up Outer Space?
November 21, 2017

Can Japan Clean up Outer Space?

By Mayuko Yatsu
Japan is forging ahead in the increasingly important field of space debris removal.

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