Japan eyes ‘Asia’s hub in space business’ with more spaceports

SEOUL, South Korea — Japan’s government says it will build more spaceports in an effort to make the country “Asia’s hub in space business.”

This was one of the space-related initiatives endorsed June 18 during an economic growth strategy meeting hosted by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at his office in Tokyo, with Cabinet members attending. Other endorsed initiatives included the development of small satellite constellations through public-private collaboration, space-based solar power and future space transportation systems.

“We will flesh out the specifics of these policies presented today in the future budget formulation and system reforms to realize the policies in a swift manner,” said the prime minister.

The initiatives were drawn based on the 4th Basic Plan on Space Policy, released in June 2020 by the National Space Policy Secretariat, in which building more spaceports was labelled as one of the major programs to expand…

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