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In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy

Saadia Pekkanen and Paul Kallender-Umezu


This book provides an account of the history, politics, and policy of Japan's strategic space development. The dual-use nature of space technologies, meaning that they cut across both market and military applications, has had two important consequences for Japan. First, Japan has developed space technologies for the market in its civilian space program that have yet to be commercially competitive. Second, faced with rising geopolitical uncertainties and in the interest of their own economics, the makers of such technologies have been critical players in the shift from the market to the militar ... More

Keywords: Japan, strategic space development, space technologies, civilian space program, geopolitical uncertainties, economics, Japan's space capabilities, space-launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804700634
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804700634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saadia Pekkanen, author

Paul Kallender-Umezu, author