Japanese Startup Company Plans to Sell Ad Space on the Moon

December 27, 2017
OAN Newsroom

A startup company in Japan is planning to sell advertisement space on the moon.

The Tokyo-based company — Ispace — recently received an influx of funds in the form of a $90 million investment.

They are said to be developing a lunar lander, which is expected to carry out two unmanned missions to the moon by the year 2020.

An employee looks at a concept model of Ispace Inc.’s new lander during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.(Photo/Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

The company will then set up a device on their rovers that can project a small billboard similar to the ones on earth.

This is not the first time Japan has attempted to advertise from space.

Back in 1990, a Japanese TV station sent one of their reporters to outer space on a Russian flight featuring their network’s logo on the rocket.

  • JoshThePatrioticLibertarian

    isn’t using the moon for commercial or military use by a nation illegal under the UN?

  • Mark Steiner

    Wait a minute! Japan is going to have a billboard flashing from the moon that can be seen and read on the Earth! LOL

  • Just suppose they pull it off. Would you be inclined to buy a product that is aligned with destroying your night view with the one you love on a romantic evening, only to look up and see an as for douche?
    Boy, if that wouldn’t be a mood killer…
    My point is, I personally will boycott any company that destroys one of the last views free of advertising.

  • JusticeVegas

    Why don’t they use the $90 million dollars to develop a technology to shoot down the North Korean missiles over their airspace? I love Japan, but this seems foolish when their survival is at stake with the current nuclear lunatic as a neighbor.

    • John Wurst

      Because they know the United States will have their backs. The “Treaty Of Peace” treaty signed in 1951 doesn’t allow the Japanese the inherent right to defend themselves.

  • Scotty

    What. The Goodyear blimp isn’t good enough anymore?

  • DCBlueBlood

    Don’t we own the moon since we got there first? I like my moon, bone, white and yellow/orange on those harvest moon nights.

    Just say no!

  • Varangian Guard

    The progressives have already drafted a bill to get tax revenue from the moon once the signs are in place…….

  • JL Ziegler

    Yeah but who is going to see it?

  • Pezgun

    Isaac Asimov wrote an interesting short about someone sneaking an ad for a well-known soft-drink into space based test program and the results were visible to everyone on earth. In his story it created a public relations firestorm for the drink manufacturer.
    Seems everyone on earth can see the moon too.

    • An_A_C

      Uh, that was Robert A. Heinlein, “The Man Who Sold The Moon” first published in 1949. The story is also found in the collection “The Past Through Tomorrow”

      • Pezgun

        I stand corrected, thank you for the updated reference.

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  • ed de fonzo

    Any one having seen “LUCY” will suspect that the JAPANESE have begun using the
    mythical drug to expand the capacity of their brains

  • James

    Let’s see, I’m not even there yet but how can I trash it…..

  • Another Deplorable

    “Beer, gas, cigarettes, next right.”

    • Mark Steiner

      Wasn’t that Jerry Lewis that said the moon was the last stop for gas before going to Mars? lol
      “A Visit To A Small Planet,” 1960.

      • Another Deplorable

        Loved his stuff!

  • Joaquin Quinones

    I saw rockets flying over Japan with the North Korean fingerprints on them and your response is = hey let’s advertise on the Moon…. unless I missed something, o yea that’s right you are going to float the whole island of Japan there if not the North Korean seem anxious to send you there soon/ Duh

  • landy fincannon

    I’ll be sure to look the next time I fly pass the moon.

  • Bill Smith 999935

    This sounds like the Star Registry scam.

  • Just A Guy

    A whole lot of money looking for a place to be wasted. I suppose this is as good a place as any.

  • scott

    LOL Why not?