This chapter examines the progression of Japan's ballistic missile-centric capabilities through an examination of the space launch vehicles (SLVs) in the country's official space program over the postwar period. It identifies what components Japan has developed that speak to its ballistic missile capability, and investigates how Japan acquired such components through the technical and institutional infrastructure in its civilian SLV program over the postwar period. The chapter also discusses liquid, and especially solid, rockets, which have implications for Japan's acquisition of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology.
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