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A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket with the Himawari-9 weather satellite on board lifts off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 3:20 p.m. local time Nov. 2. Credit: MHI video
A humble blue tarp of the sort commonly used to protect all manner of possesions from the elements is implicated in the damage a Japanese military satellite suffered during its flight to the launch pad. Credit: Bill Smith/Flickr
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un organizes and guides a combined joint drill of the units under KPA Combined Units 572 and 630 in this undated file photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 23, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/KCNA/Files
U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (center) visited Japan's Tanegashima Space Center during the February 2014 launch of the NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Telesat’s Telstar 12 Vantage satellite is launched on the inaugural flight of an upgraded Japanese H-2A rocket. Credit: JAXA video capture
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, shakes hands at the beginning of a 2013 meeting with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Minister of Defense Tsunami Onodera. Credit: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo via Wikipedia
Mitsubishi's H-2A rocket launched the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory for NASA and JAXA on Feb. 27, 2015.
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Akatsuki will get a second shot at orbiting Venus come December. Credit: JAXA video grab
Japan Boosts Space Spending
H-2A launch of Japanese IGS satellite. Credit: Courtesy of JAXA
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit:  Israeli Government Press Office/Kobi Gideon
The U.S. Defense Department and the Japanese Ministry of Defense have deployed a second ballistic missile defense radar in Japan to better protect both countries from an attack from North Korea. Credit: Raytheon.
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