June 21, 1995
(The Japan Federation of Economic Organizations)
In addition, Satellites are now being used for many purposes such as environmental observation, monitoring natural disasters, telecommunications and broadcasting services, meteorological observation and navigation. Space technologies can help private manufacturers to improve the design and quality of consumer products, making them smaller, lighter, more durable and reliable: Actually the dual use technology has been used for such products as car navigation system, international telecommunication system, weather forecast and carbon fiber plastics. Most of all, space development could improve the quality of life for both our citizen and those in the global community.
As a result of the big earthquake in Kobe, the research and development upon satellite technology has been focused upon monitoring natural hazard.
Space development is also an excellent area in which Japan can make a contribution to international community by sharing its expertise. Ongoing space discovery to explore the origin of the universe, Japan's growing awareness and involvement in space development will be definitely welcomed.
The business community is committed to working cooperatively with the government to set up the information service in relation to space development in order to help promote public understanding in this field. Considering the benefits that will derive from space development: technological advances which will make our lives safer and more comfortably, Keidanren proposed that the government should set the following projects as top priorities in the government agenda in drafting next year's budget for space development.
Furthermore, the new application of satellite communications should be reexamined.
With the launch of a new, big sized M-V Rocket scheduled in '96, Japan's space research program will enter a new era giving a new momentum to promote the program further.
However, all the projects mentioned above must be cost effective through the cooperation between the public and private-sectors, considering the importance of reliability and innovation of these programs.