News Releases 2021
Jul. 14, 2021
Lunar Industry Vision - Toward the Planet 6.0 Era Submitted to the Government of Japan by the Lunar Industry Vision Council
Yokohama, Japan - JGC Holdings Corporation is pleased to announce that the Lunar Industry Vision Council, a public, private, and academic working group of which JGC Corporation is a member, submitted Lunar Industry Vision - Toward the Planet 6.0 Era (hereafter, "the Vision") to Japan's minister in charge of space policy, Shinji Inoue, on July 13. This document is intended to foster a lunar industry ecosystem in Japan.
The Vision includes six industry declarations and seven recommendations to form globally competitive industrial infrastructure and help ensure future success of Japanese enterprises in the lunar industry. Please refer to the attached PDF file for the summary of the Vision.
The Council and this work are introduced below, drawing on published materials.
Background and Purpose of the Lunar Industry Vision Council
Since the beginning of history, exploration has helped expand the boundaries of human existence and enterprise. We can anticipate that soon, the sphere of human activity will also encompass the Moon, forming a new, integrated economic ecosystem. Around the world, the public and private sector are already seizing these opportunities. Pursuit of lunar commerce has led to supportive legal frameworks, scientists and researchers are preparing for lunar R&D, and nascent commercial services economically linking the Moon and Earth are emerging in the private sector. This has inspired the establishment of the interdisciplinary Lunar Industry Vision Council, focused on lunar development supported by related industrialization in Japan. To date, the Council's 30 corporate, professional, administrative, and academic members have discussed the steps that must be taken to develop a diverse lunar industry and economic ecosystem. Several months of discussion and study culminated in a report with six industry declarations and seven policy recommendations intended to guide the formation of a viable, globally competitive lunar industry in Japan. Lunar Industry Vision - Toward the Planet 6.0 Era was respectfully submitted to and duly received by Minister of State for Space Policy Shinji Inoue on July 13, 2021. It is the Council's earnest wish that the Vision will lead to a Lunar Industrial Revolution that creates a private sector-led lunar industry and yields solutions to issues on Earth.
Since joining the Lunar Industry Vision Council in April 2021, JGC Corporation (hereafter, JGC) has proposed ideas in a conceptual study of lunar ISRU plants in support of the Vision. In June JGC also concluded a cooperative agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on this theme. Under this cooperative agreement with JAXA, JGC is conducting a roughly one-year conceptual study of lunar ISRU plants using lunar water resources. Required technological elements and research issues are being identified, and an R&D plan is being studied. JGC has been involved in the feasibility study, design, procurement, and construction of various energy-related plants, including oil, natural gas, and renewable energy. This expertise will be applied to help make lunar social and industrial infrastructure a reality.
Takeo Kawamura, a member of the House of Representatives (sixth from the left), handing the Lunar Industry Vision to Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Shinji Inoue, (seventh from the left), accompanied by Lunar Industry Vision Council representatives and Senior Executive Officer Takuya Hanada of JGC Corporation (third from the left)