Noticing how Japan has been developing its satellite industry increasing its satellite presence in space for surveillance, Japan’s technological development moving towards mining asteroids for rare metals and minerals, developing technology to produce solar energy in space, and Japan’s interest in engineering a space elevator, it comes as no surprise Japan will coordinate its future economic growth with that of the US which is also moving its economy into space. Where else can civilizations go except into space as technology advances? What we are going to see in the coming years is what is being called “trickle-down spaceonomics” based on space-based defense with industry promoters suggesting this will have a huge impact on the growth of Japan’s corporations. Japan has already developed a robot named “Kirobo” that was placed in the space station in an experimental mode to keep astronauts from becoming lonely by the robot offering “companionship.”
Source: Nikkei Asian Review
Defense alliance to help create growth industry
December 9, 2015
TOKYO — Japan will build its space sector into a driver of economic growth, leveraging the defense alliance with the U.S., according to a newly adopted 10-year policy road map.
A space program task force headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised the road map for Japan’s basic space policy plan through March 2025. The initial schedule was crafted in January.
Japan “will promote the space industry as a central pillar of a productivity revolution aimed at achieving a gross domestic product of 600 trillion yen [$4.82 trillion],” Abe said in a cabinet meeting. The government “will support rapidly expanding efforts by the private sector to tap advancing space technology,” he said, urging ministers to hatch further measures to this effect.
Commercializing the heavens
The road map includes a host of new efforts to support the private space sector. A network linking established businesses with startups, university affiliates and other new entrants will be set up in March. A document charting the future path of the space business and Tokyo’s basic assistance plan will be drawn up in the first half of fiscal 2016.
Under the plan, two new bills designed to promote the space industry will be introduced in next year’s regular Diet session. The first would set up a liability system for damages resulting from commercial rocket launches and other activities. The second would ease restrictions on satellite image analysis.
Eyes in the sky
The Self-Defense Forces are expected to take over responsibility from American forces in various situations under newly adopted Japan-U.S. defense guidelines and just-approved defense legislation. In light of this, Japan will strengthen its own intelligence-gathering capabilities, sharing collected information with its ally. Citing its own financial constraints, Washington has said it plans to pursue such partnerships with friendly nations and the private sector.
Satellite surveillance of the skies and Japan’s maritime territory will form the core of the country’s intelligence-sharing efforts. Image data collected by multiple government agencies to monitor the area around the disputed Senkaku Islands will be consolidated, for example. The two nations will also team up to survey the skies for debris from rockets and other space junk in danger of colliding with satellites. Japan plans to enlarge its fleet of intelligence-gathering satellites from four to 10.