US media: Japan will strengthen cooperation with US space to enhance the ability to detect and track North Korean missiles
Japan plans to enhance its military defense capabilities in space and civilian space technology by strengthening cooperation with the United States.
According to the Associated Press reported on the 30th, the Japanese government’s Strategic Space Development Group adopted a revised basic space policy on the 29th, which includes a number of plans to quickly assess the movement of North Korean missiles through small intelligence gathering satellites. The revised policy will be reviewed by the Japanese Cabinet on the 30th.
On the 29th, Abe urged the Japan Self-Defense Force to strengthen Japan’s international status and space combat capabilities by strengthening cooperation with the United States and improving weapon compatibility. Abe pointed out that as the missile capabilities of North Korea and other countries continue to increase, the Japanese Self-Defense Force needs to begin to cooperate more and more with the US military.
In the field of civil space, Japan will also seek to cooperate with the United States and send astronauts to participate in the American mission to the moon. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised that the Japanese government will promote investment in future strategic areas, such as the technology of cleaning up or avoiding space debris, and Abe has set the goal for Japan to become a "future independent space power" .
The report pointed out that the Japanese government’s goal is to double the size of the country’s aerospace industry around 2030, from the current 1.2 trillion yen (US$11 billion) to 2.4 trillion yen.
In May 2020, Japan formed the first space special force "Space Combat Team", which is mainly responsible for operating Japan’s space surveillance system, tracking the location of space debris and satellites, and using the ground radar network to monitor possible A "killer satellite" that threatens Japanese or American satellites, and has reached intelligence sharing with the United States.
At present, the space operations squadron is part of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, with a tentative establishment of 20 people. It is expected that the total number will increase to about 100 after the full-scale operation in 2023.