Japan’s role in the Artemis project
Space exploration projects, such as the NASA’s Artemis programme, are founded in international cooperation. However, there is a competition element between the countries involved, with national prestige on the line. The nicknamed “Lunar Cruiser” therefore, has been undertaken by “Team Japan”, backed by numerous Japanese Companies - such as Toyota, JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Nevertheless, despite the competitive aspect, Fumiya Tsutsui, JAXA’s director of Space exploration, believes Japan’s role overseeing the crewed pressurized rover emerged naturally withing the Artemis Project.