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Abe Says ASDF Could Take On Additional Space Responsibilities

September 18 2019


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) could take on a greater space focus in the future, reports the Kyodo news agency (Tokyo). 

On Tuesday, Abe told about 180 senior officers that a combined air and space force would take another step in April 2020 when a space operations unit is activated within the ASDF. 

An August budget request included about US$480 million for the new unit, which would initially have about 70 personnel.


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