Japan will collaborate with the U.S. and others to monitor the skies for orbiting space debris, suspicious satellites and other objects, sharing its data with international partners.
The U.S. is working on a framework for sharing data on objects in orbit with the U.K., Australia and Canada -- already Washington's partners on space defense -- as well as with France and Germany. Scanning the skies from a larger number of points around the globe will help prevent oversights and make for more precise observations. The U.S. signed an agreement with Japan on space-debris monitoring in 2013 and has been calling for greater sharing of information for national security purposes.
Japan's Self-Defense Forces will set up optical telescopes and radar facilities by fiscal 2022. The Air Self-Defense Force will assemble a team as soon as April to begin preparations. Each telescope and radar would cost at least 10 billion yen ($88.8 million), putting the total cost of the project at several times that or more if multiple stations are built.
Japan will also create a system to quickly share image and other data with the U.S. Japan currently receives radar data from the American military. But the SDF has no current space-monitoring operations. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency collects observations with telescope and radar facilities in Okayama Prefecture originally built for civilian use, but hands only part of its data to the U.S.
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose extending the maximum tenure of office for party president to three consecutive three-year terms for a total of nine years, officials said Tuesday. (Jiji)
Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, has been absent from her junior high school for a month due to her poor health condition, an Imperial Household Agency official said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Officials at a school here on Tuesday downplayed a video released on social media that shows a student from the baseball team confined in a small space behind bars and being bullied. (tokyoreporter.com)
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