Japan’s aerospace industry has a strong international reputation, particularly in the field of research and development (R&D). Recently, however, it has shifted its focus from R&D to the commercialisation of space technology. The Basic Space Law, enacted in 2008, has paved the way for the development of Japan’s space industry. Demand for satellite technology is expected to increase in developing countries, and Japan is hoping to use this opportunity to develop an export market in satellites.
Examples of Japanese innovations in this field include the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) which supports the International Space Station (ISS). Japan hopes to play a more proactive role in the ISS programme, in particular in filling spaceflight gaps brought about by the retirement of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Shuttle.
This project was conducted as part of the MINERVA research fellowship programme of the EU-Japan Centre, and the final report provides a comprehensive overview of the Japan Space policy and industry
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