Israel Seeks To Strengthen Space Ties with Japan

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Israel aims to strengthen trade ties with Japan in space research and cybersecurity, among other sectors, under an investment plan the Israeli cabinet approved Jan. 4, longtime SpaceNews correspondent Barbara Opall-Rome reports in an article for Defense News.

The plan calls for investing an unspecified “millions” of shekels over three years to foster bilateral trade ties, expand joint research grants and increase cooperation in space, cyber and information security, according to a Jan. 4 announcement.

It “constitutes a roadmap” for future bilateral cooperation and builds on protocols signed in Tokyo last May by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Neither Opall-Rome’s report nor Israel’s official announcement mentions any specific space programs.

The announcement — issued by Netanyahu’s office — says that under the plan, Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Ministry will be “[i]ncreasing joint research grants by 50% in 2015; increasing space cooperation; [and] strengthening ties between Israeli and Japanese researchers.”

You can read Opall-Rome’s full story here.