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Japan launches data relay satellite to improve disaster response

Suga aims to strengthen national security and crisis management

Launch of an H2A rocket carrying a government satellite at Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan launched Sunday a rocket carrying two satellites, including one operated by the government, to relay data collected by reconnaissance satellites already in orbit, enabling faster and more information-rich communication when responding to natural disasters.

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