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    Japan has agreed to continue using the International Space Station (ISS) until 2024, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – The International Space Station, launched in 1998, consists of different modules. The station brings together the space agencies of Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan, as well as the European Space Agency.

    According to the Kyodo news agency, a ministerial committee on space development, headed by Abe, made the decision Tuesday.

    "We will faithfully implement the schedule for our basic space program and work on an aggressive space strategy," Abe said, as quoted by the media outlet.

    Earlier this year, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos announced that Russia would continue to use the ISS until around 2024. The United States has already agreed to continue using the station until 2024.

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