On 30 June 2020, the Cabinet Office of Japan released a new version of the Basic Plan on Space Policy to guide Japan´s space activities over the next decade. Our latest ESPI Report provides a comprehnsive assessment of Tokyo´s new strategy for space.
Since the enactment of the Basic Space Law in 2008, Japan’s space programme has been quietly - yet firmly – undergoing a profound transformation aimed at conferring the country with the tools to reinvigorate its strength, prestige and autonomy in the international space arena. An examination of Tokyo’s strategic posture indeed reveals that the scope of this transformation is broad and far-reaching, encompassing a wide range of security, socio-economic and diplomatic considerations. It is hence important to disentangle all these dimensions and identify both the driving forces and objectives that are guiding Japan in its space efforts.
This ESPI Report provides an in-depth investigation of the evolution of Japan’s space strategy and shed light on the country’s current approach to:
- Civil space efforts
- Commercial space efforts
- Security efforts
In doing so, the report will take into account and reflect on the direction set forth in the latest Basic Plan on Space Policy, which was released by Japan´s Cabinet Office on 30 June 2020.