Isao Kasai, a stout, graying man who lives near the base of the mountain, has climbed Fuji a dozen or so times and never tires of it.
Although 85 percent of Japan is covered by mountains, Fuji is the highest peak, standing 12,385 feet above sea level.
Throughout most of Japan's history, Fuji was revered as the resting place of spirits, the dwelling place of gods.
The agreement calls for Fuji to use a TRW C-band transponder on a NASA-owned Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) to transmit news and other TV programming from the United States to Japan for live contribution to its newscasts throughout the day.
the transmission of Fuji's signals from TDRS to the Fuji broadcast site in Tokyo.