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Japan helping newcomers to space get off the ground

Technology transfer, training aims to give industry leg up on foreign rivals

JAXA Vice President Yuichi Yamaura, right, and Cihan Kanligoz, director-general of the aeronautics and space technology division at Turkey's transport ministry, seal a cooperation agreement between the two countries on Sept. 8 in Ankara. (Courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is looking to strengthen partnerships with other countries in space exploration, particularly with those that are relative newcomers.

Areas of collaboration include looking for ways to expand the aerospace market and providing training and technical support. Japan hopes offering support to countries looking to develop space programs will lead to new opportunities for Japanese space startups and established aerospace companies. The ultimate goal is to make Japan a larger and more powerful competitor in the industry.

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