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Japan Holds First Meeting on Space Security

Japan Holds First Meeting on Space Security

   Tokyo, April 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government held the first meeting on Thursday of its liaison committee on space security to prepare for possible damage from space debris and cyberattacks on its artificial satellites utilized for weather observation and the Global Positioning System.
   The government plans to draw up a check list by the end of the current fiscal year through next March that is aimed at revealing weak points of the satellites and related facilities and equipment.
   Currently, the Japanese government operates some 50 satellites.
   Due to an increase of space debris and improved capabilities of other countries to send jamming signals, space satellites are facing growing threats to their operations, sources familiar with the situation said.
   If satellites lose their functions, people's lives could be inconvenienced, the sources said.

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