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History of Japan's Space program in audio form, History of JAXA from post-WW2 to present day
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post Mar 12 2016, 09:50 PM
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I have been following the History of Japan podcast for some time. Though its now 140 episodes are probably not of general interest in this forum, the most recent episode probably is. The subject is The birth of the Japanese Space Program (duration 30 minutes) and how it evolved into the modern JAXA.

It starts with the career of Hideo Itokawa, and leads through the Hayabusa asteroid mission to present activity. An interesting part to me contrasts the Japanese program with that of the Russians and Americans, and how the Japanese focus on useful scientific development did not encounter the big budget cutbacks of the manned Russian and American programs. The technical inaccuracies in the episode were minor, but the presenter is a general historian, not a rocket scientist.

At the end there is some discussion of China, ITAR, and militiary uses of space technology.
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