Japan to launch military space force

August 4, 2014
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F-15J Eagle aircraft perform a flyover during an inspection parade at the Asaka military base in Tokyo on October 24, 2010

Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth, a report said.

The move is aimed at strengthening Japan-US cooperation in space, and comes after the countries pledged to boost joint work on monitoring , Kyodo news agency said Sunday.

Japan would provide the US military with information obtained by the force as part of the joint bid to strengthen ties in space, the so-called "fourth battlefield", Kyodo said, citing unnamed sources.

Japan's is looking at creating the new force using personnel from the Air Self-Defence Force, the country's air force, it added.

The unit would acquire radar and telescope facilities, jointly with the science ministry and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, to run its observatory operations, Kyodo said.

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5 / 5 (4) Aug 04, 2014
Excellent. Someone has to do it and they will be rewarded by being at the forefront of technology.
4.8 / 5 (5) Aug 04, 2014
The brief article only speaks of monitoring (tracking?) debris. Thinking of who's next door, there likely are other activities.
2 / 5 (4) Aug 07, 2014
oh no, the nipponese who committed genocide of 250,000 shanghaians and forced 250,000 korean women and girls into prositution who white washed their education, history bookjs and museums now want to be back as a military power.
1 / 5 (2) Aug 07, 2014
Before being allowed to do this they will have to do this first.

-Actually they are already planning orbital weapons platforms of formidable power.

-One day soon yakusa will rule the world.

"Some believe that the Japanese yakuza crime organization regularly uses scalar technology to create typhoons and other weather events throughout Asia..."
Whydening Gyre
3.7 / 5 (3) Aug 07, 2014
Godzilla's not gonna stand a chance...

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