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A room with a lunar view: Japan eyes remote construction on the moon

Private-sector companies handling R&D with public funding soon to be chosen

High-speed communication will be needed to operate the lunar machinery.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The structures may not be made of brick and mortar, or even green cheese, but Japan has plans to build on the moon, tapping existing technologies for remotely operating construction machinery and joining the international race to explore resources on the lunar surface.

Tokyo aims to construct an unmanned lunar base as early as fiscal 2030, and seeks to establish building methods by fiscal 2025. Private-sector companies due to handle research and development with public funding will be selected in September.

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