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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Japan's space program: an opportunity for growth?

by Scott Peterson

It seems to me that a sector that Japan could be a solid competitor globally would be in the commercial launch business. Basd on my cursory scan of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's page on it's H-IIA-primary large-scale launch vehicle, the vehicle could be competitive
with other commercial launch ventures, such as International Launch Services and Sea-Launch.

In addition, investing in space exploration initiatives would provide high-paying jobs which should help domestic demand somewhat and could provide a source of national pride.

Development of a ballistic missile program would also generate jobs and would raise Japan's profile as a military force to be reckoned with. I don't think that Japan with a credible military is anything to be feared more than say the militaries of India or China.