Japan has revised its space exploration plans. Now they predict that Japan's first citizen will set foot on the moon in the second half of this decade of the 21st century.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the meeting, during which the plan of space conquest by Japan was adopted
Emphasized that space "is not only the border beyond which lies the hopes and dreams of" people, but is also "the foundation of Japan's economic security".
According to the adopted plan, Japan wants the first Japanese to land on the moon as part of the US-led Artemis program, which foresees the return of astronauts to the moon.
The Japanese plan also envisages sending a probe to Mars in 2024, as well as the development of a technology that allows obtaining energy from solar radiation in space.
China is also planning to send a man to the moon, reminds Reuters.
In May, China became the second, after the US - country in the world to send a rover to Mars.
Japan's announcement of its revised space conquest plans came one week after Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned to Earth after spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Maezawa became the first space tourist on the ISS in over a decade.