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Japanese astronaut Onishi to go to International Space Station around 2025

Nov 15 (NHK) - Japanese astronaut Onishi Takuya, a former passenger jet pilot, will head to the International Space Station around 2025.

Science and technology minister Moriyama Masahito announced Onishi's long-term mission at a news conference on Tuesday. It will be Onishi's second trip to the space station following his previous stay there in 2016.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says Onishi will hold a news conference on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it has been decided that the mission of another Japanese astronaut, Yui Kimiya, initially scheduled around next year, will be delayed by one year to around 2025.

Astronaut Furukawa Satoshi has been conducting scientific experiments at the space station since August, focusing on research for future manned space exploration.

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A revised Civil Code introducing 'joint custody' for children after divorce has been passed by the Diet. This marks the first time in 77 years that Japan has reviewed the approach to post-divorce custody.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three leaders of the political group 'Tsubasa Party' on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Act by disrupting the speeches of other candidates during a House of Representatives by-election in Tokyo's 15th district. Investigators view this as a "challenge to democracy" and plan to pursue a thorough investigation.

An event allowing visitors to experience life in 2050 has launched in Tokyo, including an elevator which enables transportation to space via a cable extending from a satellite to Earth.

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A next-generation vertical take-off and landing aircraft took to the skies of Tokyo for the first time on Friday. (NHK)

An event allowing visitors to experience life in 2050 has launched in Tokyo, including an elevator which enables transportation to space via a cable extending from a satellite to Earth.

The supercomputer 'Fugaku' has achieved the world’s top ranking in two categories for the ninth consecutive term.

A potentially new bee species has been identified by staff at the Tochigi Prefectural Museum, sparking a call for more specimens on social media after initially collecting only six.

A two-headed snake, a rare curiosity, was discovered in the mountains of Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture.

To keep pace with the intense international competition in space development, the Japanese government has launched the necessary Space Strategy Fund to accelerate Japan's space exploration activities.

In preparation for SusHi Tech Tokyo 2024, exhibitions were held on the weekend across various locations in Tokyo highlighting sustainable technology for the future.

The renovation of a bridge on the Tomei Expressway, which has been in use for over fifty years, has successfully utilized virtual space simulation to reduce both the number of workers and working hours.