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Can Japan Launch Itself into Becoming a Leader in Global Space Business with Its New Space Legislation?

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 1 2018
Keywords Japan, Space Startups, Space Activities Act, New Space Business, Venture Capital
Authors Masaya Uchino
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    On November 2016, the Japanese Diet passed the Space Activities Act (“SAA”) and the Satellite Remote Sensing Act in an effort to modernize its domestic space legislation and encourage its small but growing private sector to become global leaders in burgeoning new types of space business. This paper will examine whether it is feasible for these new laws to propel Japan enough to catch up with current market leaders such as SpaceX in the United States. The paper will have three parts. First, the paper will outline the legal regime that applies to the Japanese space industry. Second, the paper will analyze the impact of Japan’s new space legislation and provide a comparative analysis of how they measure up to other space-faring nations’ space laws. The paper will find that various aspects of Japan’s new space laws have great potential to attract significant foreign space business to be conducted in Japan. The third part of the paper examines whether the country’s economy can take advantage of these new legal developments and spur growth among startups. This article discusses how the Silicon Valley model may not be compatible with the financial culture in Japan. After examining how currently thriving startups are financed by corporate investments, the paper concludes that corporations need to finance space startups in more traditional forms of financing in Japan in order to infuse capital into the space industry. Drawing from legal and financial experts, this paper concludes that both legal and financial aspects are coming together for Japanese private space business. Depending on the industry’s momentum, the SAA may launch Japan to become globally competitive in the near future.


Masaya Uchino
ZeLo Law, Attorney-at-Law qualified in the United States (California and Hawaii).
Article

NewSpace

Putting an End to National Prestige and Accountability?

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 2 2017
Authors Ulrike M. Bohlmann and Moritz Bürger
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Ulrike M. Bohlmann
Dr. Ulrike M. Bohlmann, European Space Agency, Paris, France.

Moritz Bürger
Moritz Bürger, B.A., Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.

Lauren Small-Pennefather
Canadian Space Agency, Canada, Lauren.Small@asc-csa.gc.ca

Donald Ball
DB Geoservices Inc, Canada, don.ball@rogers.com

Dennis Nazarenko
Cardinalus Corporate Consulting Inc, Canada, dennis@cardinalus.com
Article

The Search for New Institutional Models of International Remote Sensing Activities

Legal Issues Related to New Developments in Space Applications: Navigation, Remote Sensing and GIS

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 1 2005
Authors M. Hofmann and C. Feinäugle

M. Hofmann

C. Feinäugle
Article

Corporations and Space Law

Other Legal Matters I, Including Legal Aspects of Sub-Orbital Flights

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 3 2005
Authors J. Monserrat Filho

J. Monserrat Filho
Article

Possible Consequences of the Lack of Secondary Legislation with Respect to Outer Space in Mexico

New Developments in National Space Legislation

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 1 2004
Authors R.M. Ramírez de Arellano and J.D. Carvajal Smith

R.M. Ramírez de Arellano

J.D. Carvajal Smith
Article

Comity in Space

Legal Implications of Expanding Privatisation in Space

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 3 1999
Authors D.J. O'Donnell

D.J. O'Donnell
Article

Alternative Legal Regimes to Enable Universal Telecommunications Roaming

Legal Regulation of Economic Uses of Outer Space

Journal International Institute of Space Law, Issue 2 1992
Authors Anglin Jr.

Anglin Jr.
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