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Investment in Japan space startups blasting off

Sony, Airbus, ANA pony up in search of orbital business know-how

Singapore-based space debris cleanup venture Astroscale -- whose founder is Japanese -- recently received backing from All Nippon Airways parent ANA Holdings.

TOKYO -- Japan's proliferating space startups are getting a boost from major corporations like Sony, All Nippon Airways parent ANA Holdings and Europe's Airbus group, which are taking stakes in the ventures in hopes of gaining knowledge for starting their own extraterrestrial businesses.

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