Due to cost considerations, the Japanese government has yet to decide whether it will actually participate in the construction of the space station. Either way, Japan believes that such participation will help to raise its international profile as a technology leader and further strengthen its relations with the United States.
(Yoshiyuki Kasai), chairman of the Japan Space Policy Committee, said at a news conference that they expect Japanese astronauts to be able to travel to the moon because of their involvement in the construction of the lunar space station. NASA's Artemis program has set a goal of relanding on the moon by 2024, sending the first female human astronaut and other male astronauts to the moon.
Man last walked on the moon in 1972, when the Apollo 17 lunar rocket was used. Japan is not the only country that supports the NASA plan. In February, Canada pledged its support, and just last month, the Australian government pledged to help.