Space exploration firm ispace will also provide communications and power during the journey and on the lunar surface.
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The company plans to reuse the plastic waste for making plastic products, including Gundam models, as well as for thermal power generation.
The unemployment rate was also up for the first time in 11 years, reflecting the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, government data shows.
GDP data for January to March is scheduled to be released next month, but economists are already pessimistic enough to forecast a contraction in the world's No. 3 economy.
The job-to-applicant ratio worsened to 1.09 from 1.10 in January, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, meaning that there were 109 job openings for every 100 job seekers.
The average daily sleeping time in 14 countries, including Japan, increased nearly 10 minutes in 2020, a study found, as the virus prevented more people from going out.
Exports in the reporting month rose 6.4% from a year earlier to ¥5.78 trillion, up for the second straight month.
Meanwhile, the annual jobless rate stood at 2.8% in 2020, up 0.4 percentage point from the previous year to log the first increase since 2009.
The finance minister told the Diet the government will prevent the number of coronavirus infections from rising further "while supporting employment and business."
One economist said about ¥4.89 trillion ($47.5 billion) of domestic consumption is estimated to disappear due to the state of emergency declaration for the Tokyo area.