Japan has an ambitious plan to send men to the moon by 2030 as part of a multinational mission and is determined they'll have a ride when they get there. Japan's space agency JAXA and partner Toyota have revealed that the pressurized, manned lunar rover — announced earlier this year — should be ready to launch by 2029. The six-wheeled vehicle will carry two people up to 6,200 miles using solar power and fuel cell technology. At 20 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet tall, it'll have 140 square feet of habitable space. Thanks to the pressurization, astronauts won't need spacesuits while inside. The timeline is pretty busy, and considering the challenges of developing tech for human space exploration, Toyota and JAXA will do well to meet their deadlines. The official plan runs for three years, up to 2022, with a tentative plan for a push toward launch between 2022 and 2029.
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korean President Moon Jae-in to exercise leadership in solving the bilateral issue of wartime labor.
Kono was speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday, a day after the Japanese government asked South Korea to agree to establishing an arbitration panel in line with a 1965 bilateral agreement. The request came as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said his government cannot resolve the issue alone.
Toyota is one of the most widely known Japanese companies on the planet. As many of you are already aware, Toyota knows a thing or two about making vehicles. It has now teamed up with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency to build a pressurized self-driving rover for the moon. The rover will vastly improve astronauts’ ability to explore the lunar surface.
According to current plans, this Japanese moon rover is destined to land on the lunar surface in 2029. This six-wheeled vehicle will be able to transport two humans for a distance of about 10,000 kilometers using Toyota’s fuel cell technology and solar power.
An expert on North Korean politics says he is focusing on the amount of time the leaders of the 2 Koreas will spend in one-on-one discussions at the upcoming inter-Korean summit.
Associate Professor Atsuhito Isozaki of Keio University spoke to NHK by phone. He says that will demonstrate how much the North's leader trusts his South Korean counterpart.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and game developers have used virtual reality technology to simulate sports being played on the Moon.
More than 50 participants were divided into 14 teams for a contest held in Tokyo on Sunday. They used data provided by JAXA for their simulations of what it would be like to play sports on the Moon's surface.
The PV for Golden Bomber's new song "Donmai" has been uploaded onto YouTube.
"Donmai" is the last track off of the band's new album "Killer Tune Shika Neeyo" released on January 31. In the PV, Kiryuin Sho (Vo-karu) masks his face with a full moon, while the other members Kyan Yutaka (Gita-), Utahiroba Jun (Be-su), and Darvish Kenji (Doramu) wear star ornaments on their bodies.