Japan eyes new defense unit to monitor space in fiscal 2020


Japan's Defense Ministry has decided to make a budget request for a new space monitoring unit to be set up in fiscal 2020 within its air forces, government sources said.

The unit aimed at tracking space debris that poses a threat to Japanese surveillance satellites orbiting Earth, as well as other satellites operated by other countries, is expected to initially be staffed with about 70 personnel.

The ministry plans to deploy the unit to the Air Self-Defense Force's base in Fuchu, western Tokyo, the sources said, adding that systems related to it will be linked with those of the United States and information obtained will be shared by the two countries.

The envisaged creation of the monitoring unit comes as countries like China and Russia, besides the United States, have been advancing space research for military purposes.

Under its national defense guidelines outlined in December, Japan also said it will beef up its defense capabilities in new domains of warfare such as outer space and cyberspace.

As for the budget for the fiscal year starting next April, the Japanese ministry is expected to request more than 5.3 trillion yen ($49.8 billion), the sources said. If so, the amount is a record high, increasing for the eighth consecutive year.


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Space Force!

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@'s perfect!

Great link, made my day.

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outer space

I know Abe's master Trump talks a lot about illegal aliens but I do think LDP misunderstood him there...

Joking aside France has decided to do the exact same thing just awhile ago, I suppose this is a case of monkey see monkey.


This however I can totally understand the threats coming from cyberspace are real and significant.

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Trump must be so jealous. Everyone is starting the space force that he wants except the US.

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This is moronic waste of money. What you would expect from Abe.

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Anything regarding military you can say it's a waste of money until your country gets attacked and people start dying then it's no longer a waste of money but vital to national security and protecting lives.

Same trll people never point to S. Korea military build up, expenses, budget military rise every year. Only focus is Japan. I'm sure your opinion is not bias at all.

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I can smell a tax increase.

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The JSDF (Japanese Self Defense Force) now includes a JSSDF (Japanese Space Self Defense Force).

Trump will be proud and claim it is Japan following his lead with the USSF (United States Space Force).

He may be right.

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Japan should stick to what it's good at. How about getting some vending machines in orbit?

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Obligatory "they wastin' our tax money!" comment.

...Oh, they beat me to it.

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Japan should stick to what it's good at. How about getting some vending machines in orbit?

Seeing as Japan is one of 6 nations that have launch capability out of the 72 nations that have a space program, one of 4 that have deep space probes and extraterrestrial landing capability, and regularly launches satellites for various other nations, South Korea included (although SK photoshops the Japanese flag out of news photos), I would say Japan is quite “good” at Space exploration. And yes, the H-II rocket with its 19ton payload is perfectly capable of launching a (or 95) 200kg vending machine.

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I would say Japan is quite “good” at Space exploration

I don't disagree. I was thinking of the defense-related element referred to in the article. However, if it's just concerned with space debris, then I have no complaints. But vending machines could be useful too when more of us get into space. :-)

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