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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

February 2020

Exploring Space


  • THEME FOR FebruaryExploring Space

    Japan’s fascination with outer space is recorded in its earliest literature and is evident today in fields as varied as fashion, amateur stargazing and traditional rocket making. Japan’s expertise in satellite manufacturing and space exploration meanwhile is attracting the attention of the world. All of the above come under the “telescope Ein this month’s issue of HighlightingJapan, "Exploring Space."


  • Space Exploration to Protect Earth

    An interview with Wakata Koichi, astronaut and Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

  • Unraveling the Origins of Earth and Life

    Hayabusa2 has completed its mission on the asteroid Ryugu and is en route back to Earth. We interview JAXA Mission Manager Yoshikawa Makoto.

  • Microsatellites as Social Infrastructure

    A Japanese manufacturer of microsatellites is creating Earth observation systems with multiple commercial applications.

  • A Literary History of the Heavens

    Heavenly bodies have been popular topics in Japanese literature since its earliest days.

  • The Dragon Ascends!

    The citizens of Chichibu City in Saitama Prefecture maintain a centuries-old tradition of making and launching Ryusei rockets.

  • Beautiful Starry Skies Inside

    A Japanese company has been producing state-of-the-art planetariums for close to 100 years.

  • A Town with Bountiful Twinkling Stars

    The clear skies of Bisei Town in Okayama Prefecture make it a popular destination for stargazing

  • SoraFes: Sharing a Sense of Wonder

    An outer-space-themed festival in Kyoto and Tokyo is pulling in the crowds.




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