The government has decided to reverse the nation’s policy against independent manned space missions and moon exploration, it has been learned.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) wants “to have the technology for independent manned missions,” President Keiji Tachikawa announced last month, in a reversal of Japan’s policy against manned space exploration.
The nation’s current policy was put in place by the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) in September 2004, under which manned space exploration is not seen as an urgent priority. The policy came under review following Tachikawa’s statement.
JAXA hopes to send an astronaut to the moon in the near future, albeit with international assistance. (Mainichi)