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Rocket launch sites planned in Japan, led by private sector

Canon, IHI units' joint venture scoping out venues for sending up satellites

In Japan, rockets have generally been launched from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center, pictured above, or from its Uchinoura Space Center. Both facilities are in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south. (Photo courtesy of JAXA)

TOKYO -- Japan's first private-sector effort to build rocket-launching facilities is underway as new aerospace legislation paves the way for meeting growth in demand for small observation satellites.

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