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Japan’s Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Returns to Earth in World First Accomplishment / How the Japanese Housing and Real Estate Market Has Been Changing Amid the Pandemic.
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Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Returns to Earth in World First Accomplishment

The JAXA’s asteroid explorer Hayabusa2, which was launched in 2014, is returning to Earth with samples collected from the asteroid Ryugu. This historical achievement will take place on December 6. The mission has already carried out numerous world firsts at the asteroid Ryugu, such as exploring the surface of a small celestial body with rovers and accessing sub-surface materials of a celestial body outside of Earth’s orbit. The capsule with the samples in it which separated from the explorer is expected to land in southern Australia.

The FPCJ invited Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa, the mission manager for the project and an associate professor at the JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, to hold a press briefing.

Video Report:Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Returns to Earth in World First Accomplishment
*English presentation materials are also available.
https://fpcj.jp/en/worldnews-en/briefings-en/p=85048/

How the Japanese Housing and Real Estate Market Has Been Changing Amid the Pandemic?

With remote work becoming more common due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased amounts of time being spent at home, people in Japan have begun to place a higher emphasis on size, number of rooms, and usability when choosing a home, with more people willing to sacrifice being close to a train station. Detached homes in the suburbs are also getting more popular.

What will happen with these changes in the homes being chosen moving forward? The FPCJ invited Mr. Yoichi Ikemoto, editor in chief of Recruit Sumai Company’s SUUMO magazine, to speak about the situation based on data and specific examples.

Video Report: Housing Conditions and Real Estate Market in Japan
https://fpcj.jp/en/worldnews-en/briefings-en/p=84725/

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