Japan will join global efforts to develop an international code of conduct for space debris.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba says a safe environment is deteriorating with an increasing number of space debris orbiting the Earth. He says there is a need to establish rules to avoid accidents in space.
Space debris is a collection of defunct man-made objects orbiting the Earth. They include broken pieces of satellites that were intentionally or accidentally destroyed. This space waste poses a significant collision hazard to new satellites, and even for the International Space Station.
The European Union currently leads the effort to establish a code of conduct for mitigating space debris, and has been calling on other countries to take part in discussions.
The EU has drafted a code that urges countries to refrain from intentionally destroying man-made satellites in space, and calls for establishing a warning system to prevent collisions.
The United States and Australia have already indicated their willingness to take part in the talks.