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US Space Force’s Counterpart in Japan to Start in April

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Japan is establishing its own space force as part of the country’s air force, The National Insterest reported Tuesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the new space domain mission unit will begin operations in April as part of the country’s air self-defense force and would collaborate with the U.S. Space Force.

Abe told parliament the country needs to build up capability in space and cyber space amid threats posed by China and Russia.

In December, President Trump authorized the creation of the Space Force as the sixth service branch by signing the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.