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20 Jan, 2020 11:16

Japan to work with US, create own space force over ‘new threats’

Japan to work with US, create own space force over ‘new threats’

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his country will create a space defense force to protect the country from technological threats.

The unit will work closely with the US to protect Japan's interstellar interests, such as satellites and rockets, Sky News reported.

Abe also said on Monday he wanted his country to defend itself from cyber threats and from electromagnetic interference on its satellites.

The Space Domain Mission Unit will begin work in April. It will be added to an existing air base in Fuchu, close to Tokyo, and will initially be staffed with 20 people.