Flush with confidence after a third successful rocket launch, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is hoping to win more orders for its rockets from overseas, although its higher costs could deter some potential customers.
Saturday's third successful launch of the domestically produced H-2B--which can carry heavier payloads than earlier models--demonstrated that MHI has the technology to handle large foreign satellites.
Operations to launch H-2A rockets were transferred to MHI from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in 2007. The company will handle future launches.
The early H-2A rocket was able to put satellites weighing up to only four tons onto a geostationary orbit. A later version of the H-2A had a payload of up to six tons.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )