Current nuclear-crisis embattled Japan, along with Ukraine, are set to hurtle into space a satellite that's specifically designed to monitor the amounts of radiation emitted by global nuclear power plants, such as that of the crippled Fukushima of 2011 and Chernobyl of 1986.
Eight miniature satellites will be placed in space by 2014. It will specifically focus on gathering information on the effects of radioactive fallout on the areas adjacent to the plants.
The project will be jointly undertaken by the Tokyo University and the Ukrainian state space agency, according to the Japanese foreign ministry.
"We have agreed on cooperation in the space sector to monitor the regions surrounding Chernobyl and Fukushima," Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Leonid Kozhara.
Weighing 60 kilogrammes and measuring 50 centimetres in diametre, the satellites will take images of the nuclear power plants every two hours from as high as 600 kilometres.
It's also fitted with sensors emitting signals from the ground that will enable it to collect information from areas where radiation levels exceed the normal levels.
Over the weekend, Mr Kishida visited visited Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear tragedy. The trip was part of international efforts to call for help and assistance how to mitigate what could become a global menace of the nuclear disaster that struck Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant two years ago.
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"Yesterday at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant I was impressed with the fact that even after 27 years since the accident Ukraine still continues to struggle with the consequences of the disaster," the AFP quoted Japan's minister telling journalists, as translated into Ukrainian.
On Apr 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl power plant exploded, spewing tonnes of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere that covered the Soviet Union across Europe.
Official Ukrainian figures sourced by the AFP revealed more than 25,000 cleanup workers gathered from then-Soviet Ukraine, Russia and Belarus have died since the disaster.
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On March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck Japan which gave off the tsunami that devastated the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan. Experts estimate the disaster cleanup will take four decades.
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