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Summary

Due to the disastrous accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant caused by the 3.11 Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami, energy reform was needed to avoide dependence on nuclear power. The author suggests that we can tackle this energy shortage with Solar Power Satellite (SPS) construction. SPS is a satellite that can deliver the electricity generated from the solar cell panel to the earth by converting it into microwave. The field of SPS is the key tool with high expectation for the survival of mankind in the coming future, where Japan’s first-class techniques can lead the whole world. A pioneer who has spent most of his life on both domestic and international projects on SPS research, the author illustrates its possibility and hopeful future. It is a must-read, especially for those in disaster-hit Japan, as the nation attempts to stand up once again and take a step forward in space.

Contents

- Unlimited possibilities in space
- Conflict between the wealthy society and the penniless Earth
- Ideas shifting from sustainability to survivability
- Decision Time for Japan: from minor power in energy to galactic superpower
- What is SPS?

About the Author

Hiroshi Matsumoto

Matsumoto is a doctor of engineering who specializes in cosmic radio wave engineering, cosmic plasma physics, and cosmic energy engineering. Dr. Matsumoto is the Director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, the Chairman and Vice-President of Kyoto University, and the Chairman of Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI).

Dr. Matsumoto is also a recipient of the Yuri Gagarin Medal, Shijuhosho (the Purple Ribbon Medal), and the Booker Gold Medal.

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