As tensions rise in the region, Tokyo needs to coordinate with Washington and Taipei to counter the threat of war from Beijing.
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While the SDF provide invaluable assistance in times of natural disaster, their potential role in large-scale international crises still needs to be examined.
With surprisingly few international treaties governing space activities, Japan has an opportunity to step up and take a leadership role.
With Beijing making its presence known, Tokyo needs to assess what it needs Washington for, and what it can do alone.