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Japan’s Space Program Comes of Age

This is a busy time for Japan’s space program. The Japanese astronaut Yui Kimiya arrived at the International Space Station on July 23 for a scheduled stay of about five months; Japan’s space agency is preparing to launch an unmanned transfer craft to carry supplies to the ISS this month; and the nation has recently adopted a basic plan that provides for greatly expanded activity in space. Nippon.com takes a look at these and other Japanese happenings beyond Earth.

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