Japan wants robo moonbase

TOKYO — Japan wants to help build a lunar base and populate it with advanced versions of today’s humanoid robots by around 2025, according to the head of the nation’s space agency.

The idea is more than a pipe-dream; it is part of a 20-year plan, called JAXA Vision 2025, that was drawn up by Keiji Tachikawa, a former president of Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, who is now president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA).

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