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In Defense of JapanFrom the Market to the Military in Space Policy$
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Saadia Pekkanen and Paul Kallender-Umezu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804700634

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804700634.001.0001

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Evolution of Japan's Space Policy

Evolution of Japan's Space Policy

(p.24) 2. Evolution of Japan's Space Policy
In Defense of Japan
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the actual evolution of Japan's space policy, which has brought efforts to militarize space technologies over the course of the 2000s into sharp relief, and traces relevant developments, focusing on government-centered changes and industry-related demands. It explains that although Japan was committed to the peaceful development of space activities in the 1960s, the ideal of keeping space development away from the development of dual-use and military technologies turned out to be an impossible dream as Nippon Keidanren gathered momentum for legal change. The chapter highlights the importance of the economic interests of corporations in the direction of Japan's military capabilities.

Keywords:   space policy, Japan, space technologies, militarization, Nippon Keidanren, corporations, economic interests, military capabilities

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