Japanese Space Policy Process Called Opaque, Unaccountable

Space policy made in dark
Daily Yomiuri

It has been six months since the Basic Law on Space came into force. The law was lauded as a major improvement in Japan’s space development policy, but the decision-making process involved has become opaque.

The government should enhance accountability in setting priorities for the nation’s space technology development projects.

A government advisory committee of experts has been deliberating over the content of the basic plan.

Conspicuous in this connection is the lack of transparency in the decision-making processes concerned and the government’s low awareness of the need for the committee to perform its task with clear explanations about the future of the nation’s space development.

The panel has met five times so far, but no specific proposals about what the core of the planned space development strategy should be have been on the agenda.

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