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Made-to-order 'shooting stars' to light up Asian skies

Tokyo startup's service draws interest from Macau and Dubai

Tokyo-based ALE envisions Asian cities such as Shanghai as venues for its shooting star shows. (Courtesy of ALE)

TOKYO -- A Japan-based startup that wants to use minisatellites to create artificial shooting stars will perform its first show in 2020, but it is already anticipating demand from companies in China, the Middle East and the U.S. for its unique brand of entertainment.

"We have resources in space, so of course we hope to expand our business to overseas markets," Lena Okajima, founder and CEO of ALE, said at a news conference here on Wednesday.

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