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Daily Yomiuri: Mitsubishi Electric hit with suspension for bill padding

The Defense Ministry and two other government entities have suspended Mitsubishi Electric Corp. as a designated contractor because the company has been found to have inflated invoices, the ministry has announced.

The ministry, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center made the announcements and suspended the company Friday for unspecified periods. The ministry added that Mitsubishi contacted it to admit the allegations the same day.

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Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs - Implications for Japan

Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs – Implications for Japan

JSW readers discuss the implications of news that North Korea is developing road-mobile ICBMs capable of reaching Japan.

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Noda, IGS, and the DPJ's Space Dilemma

Noda, IGS, and the DPJ's Space Dilemma

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]  In his address to the Diet in mid-September, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stated that -  “In order to call forth the aspiration to become a pioneer of a new era among the young, we will advance the development of human resources, including the bringing up global human resources, and educate...

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Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

The satellite, named Optical-4, is meant to keep an eye on the North Korean ballistic missile program. Originally set to launch in August, the mission was delayed until September 17 due to an issue with the launch vehicle’s range safety system (receiver). A local typhoon delayed the launch further, prior to the vehicle lifting off...

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's largest defense manufacturers, has had its several of its computers across many sites compromised by viruses.

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Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Japanese research into small satellites using aircraft as launch platforms is moving forward.

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USAF HTV-2 Recalls Japan's HYFLEX Program

USAF HTV-2 Recalls Japan’s HYFLEX Program

Yesterday's HVT-2 launch recalls an earlier effort by Japan to develop a hypersonic spacecraft with a sub-orbital trajectory.

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Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will the Japanese follow the Americans and shoot down their own satellite?

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Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking...

Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking…

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]   The Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters has released its findings entitled, “Report of Japanese Government to the  IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety – The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations” dated June 2011.  While the report is geared for a specific technical...

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Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

The Japanese space sector as a whole is coming to an important crossroads with production capacity on the increase while it strives to fill a huge gaping hole in its radar satellite coverage. Can it keep up with the competition?

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Japan's Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

Japan’s Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.] When Japan’s earthquake struck, Japan’s wired and wireless communications were quickly knocked out as the telecommunications infrastructure in the impacted zone collapsed. While much has been said about the importance of wireless social networking in such dire circumstances, the reality is that Japan’s emergency communications...

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Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.]   One recent entry on the “SpaceAID” satellite tasking page which was posted by the UN Platform for Space–based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to track the many satellites passing high over Japan following the earthquake and tsunami has attracted very little...

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