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Japan, U.S. agree to boost defense cooperation in outer space

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as the head of the U.S. Space Force on Thursday concurred to boost reciprocal defense cooperation in outer space, where local opponents China as well as Russia are accumulating their capacities.

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond was checking out Japan for the very first time because the production of the Space Force as well as his consultation in December in 2014. He was the initial upper-level international authorities to meet Abe because late February, with such conferences stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) as well as U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond are visualized in Tokyo. (Kyodo)

Abe as well as Raymond talked about fortifying cooperation in between the Space Force as well as the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Space Operations Squadron, in addition to the U.S. strategy to send out astronauts back to the Moon by 2024, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Created in May with simply 20 participants, the Space Operations Squadron is entrusted with keeping an eye on dangers to Japanese satellites such as space particles as well as meteorites. It is anticipated to expand in dimension as well as come to be completely functional in 2023.

The Space Force, on the other hand, is a full-fledged branch of the U.S. armed forces with 16,000 airmen as well as noncombatant employees. It was introduced by President Donald Trump to respond to the aspirations of Russia as well as China, which have actually been implicated of establishing anti-satellite tools, in addition to ballistic missile dangers from North Korea.

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Raymond, that throughout his Air Force job was posted at Yokota Air Base from 2010 to 2012, informed Abe the United States thinks about Japan its essential companion in outer space, the Foreign Ministry claimed.

Abe last consulted with a high-level international authorities on Feb. 28, when he obtained a politeness phone call from Chinese diplomacy principal Yang Jiechi.

Raymond additionally consulted with Defense Minister Taro Kono, scientific research as well as modern technology priest Naokazu Takemoto as well as elderly vice international priest Keisuke Suzuki on Thursday, a day after taking part in a thorough Japan-U.S. discussion on space.


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