Japanese PM Shinzo Abe meets US Space Force chief to affirm closer defence ties

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe meets US Space Force chief to affirm closer defence ties

  • Abe had not met any high-ranking foreign officials since late February as his duties have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and his own health concerns
  • Japan’s Space Operations Squadron was established in May and has been tasked with monitoring threats to satellites such as space debris and meteorites

Amid mounting conjecture about his poor health, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met the head of the US Space Force and agreed to enhance bilateral defence cooperation in outer space.Abe’s meetings with foreign officials have been disrupted this year by the coronavirus pandemic as well as his own his recent visits to hospital, which have prompted speculation about whether he will remain in office.However, Abe’s meeting with Chief of Space Operations General John Raymond underlined the significance of the joint plans as regional rivals China and Russia have developed their capabilities is space.