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Japan-Update

Canon and IHI planning Japan's first private-sector rocket launch site

Government opening door to launches this autumn

Private-sector companies will be able to start sending rockets into space later this year.

TOKYO -- Canon Electronics, IHI Aerospace and two other partners are looking to build the first private-sector rocket launch site in Japan by 2021, a major step forward for nongovernment players in the space sector here.

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