Can Japan keep up in the 21st-century space race?

Can Japan keep up in the 21st-century space race?

Outer space is the new front line of a technology race between superpowers, triggering increased geopolitical and geoeconomic risks.

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were the major players in the race. But the power balance has shifted in recent years with China launching rockets and gaining the capability to destroy the satellites of other countries.

What needs to be done to prevent a space war, and what should Japan be doing to keep up with the international race in space development?

On Sept. 23, a conference on BeiDou-3, China’s global navigation satellite system, was held in Wuhan, Hubei province.

The BeiDou system, whose 55th and final satellite was launched June 23, is already used in more than 120 countries and regions. The total output of China’s satellite navigation system industry is estimated to have reached 345 billion yuan (¥5.26 trillion).