Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

Business / Tech Jul 30, 2017

Launch of private rocket backed by Horie fails off Hokkaido

The launch of what would have been Japan's first privately developed rocket to reach outer space failed Sunday off Hokkaido after telemetry was lost, forcing it to be aborted, the Hokkaido-based developer said. Officials from Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi ...

Fog delays private space venture's rocket launch in Hokkaido

National Jul 29, 2017

Fog delays private space venture's rocket launch in Hokkaido

The launch of a small rocket privately developed by a Hokkaido-based space venture was delayed by fog Saturday and pushed back to Sunday, the company said. Interstellar Technologies Inc., founded by former Livedoor Co. President Takafumi Horie, plans to make its 10-meter sounding rocket, called ...

Hashimoto is Horie's kind of guy

National / Politics Jun 6, 2013

Hashimoto is Horie's kind of guy

by Tomohiro Osaki

Takafumi Horie, 40, the recently paroled founder of Internet firm Livedoor Co., said Wednesday he wants embattled Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto to become prime minister one day, citing his "ability to challenge" and "alter the status quo" of politics. Arrested in 2006 and later sentenced ...