Japan’s Basic Space Law Enters into Force

August 29, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Japan’s new space law entered into force on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. From the Daily Yomiuri:

Ban lifted on use of space for defense

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The basic space law went into force Wednesday, lifting a long-standing ban on the government use of space for defense purposes.

The headquarters for space development strategy, led by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, also was established with the enactment of the basic law. The law also stipulates that the government formulate a basic plan for space use.

On the same day, the Defense Ministry told the Liberal Democratic Party’s joint conference of a plan to establish an office within the ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute to study technologies that could be used in space for defense purposes.

Diet resolutions had limited the use of space to nonmilitary projects. The new law sought to redefine the usage of space. It stated that space development should be carried out under the U.N. Outer Space Treaty’s spirit of nonencroachment and the Constitution’s philosophy of pacifism. . . .[Full Story]

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