Japan to Beef Up Space Security
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Tokyo, June 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday selected priority issues toward updating the roadmap in its basic space development plan, attaching importance to beefing up space security.
Among the priority issues, decided at a meeting of the Strategic Headquarters for National Space Policy, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is the creation of a planned space unit at the Air Self-Defense Force at an early time in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United States.
The establishment of the ASDF space unit, which will be in charge of constantly monitoring space, was included in the government's new defense guidelines compiled late last year.
Japan also aims to lead the global effort to tackle space debris, an obstacle to space development.
At the meeting, Abe instructed participants to speed up related work, including the development of necessary human resources, at a time when many countries are moving to strengthen their measures for space security.
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