On November 15, 2017, the Cabinet Office began accepting applications for the "permission to launch an artificial satellite" and the "permission to manage an artificial satellite," among others, under the Act on Launching and Managing Artificial Satellites ("Satellite Act"). The Cabinet Office also publicized screening standards and guidelines under the Satellite Act. The Satellite Act was enacted in November 2016 and, together with the Act on Securing Proper Handling of Satellite Remote Sensing Records enacted at the same time, promotes and regulates the development and utilization of outer space. The recent acceptance of applications is expected to lead to even further progress with respect to Japanese private-sector participation in activities related to outer space.